Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a fresh four-year contract that will keep him at the club ahead of the new Premier League season.
The 28-year-old Germany international had just one year left on his previous deal at the Etihad, and there were speculations that he would entertain a new challenge away from Manchester City.
The new contract will allow Gundogan to play at the highest level for the next four years and it was reportedly accepted by the player on Friday morning.
The former Borussia Dortmund player was happy with the new deal and made this known in a statement on the club’s official website.
“I am very happy to have signed the new contract,” Gundogan told City’s official website.
“I have hugely enjoyed the last three years here at City and everyone at the Club has helped make me feel at home from my very first day.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of this team, playing the style of football we do and winning trophies. It’s very difficult to do that and I’m delighted to be a part of it.
“I’m really excited about what we can go on to achieve in the next few seasons.”
The club’s director of football also expressed his delight over the player’s decision to commit his future to the Citizens, stating that Gundogan was an important member of the squad.
“He has shown how important he is to the team and has played a huge part in everything that we have achieved so far.
“We are thrilled he has committed his long-term future to Manchester City.”
Gundogan joined Manchester City from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and has made 114 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions, scoring 17 goals in the process.
He has also played his part in seven major trophy triumphs for the Citizens, including the domestic treble triumph last season.
He’ll likely be in contention for a place in the starting lineup when City begin their Premier League title defense against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.