Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City has announced that he would like to step into management one day after training with some of the best football coaches.
Under Pep Guardiola, Germany is in the best shape of its existence, helping City move seven points clear with a game in hand at the top of the Premier League.
With the 30-year-old an integral part of City’s squad as they chase trophies in four competitions, Gundogan remains focused on his playing career but says he has considered coaching as his next move.
In 2011, Jurgen Klopp signed Gundogan for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and in his first season, he helped them win the German double before reaching the Champions League the following year.
He was replaced by Thomas Tuchel when Klopp left to join Liverpool and the two worked together at Signal Iduna Park for a year.
In 2016, Gundogan moved to City, becoming the first signing at Etihad Stadium for Guardiola and continuing to win two Premier League titles and four domestic trophies.
Some time ago, if I were to take a trainer’s license one day, I asked around for some details about how the process will function. It’s more than just a concept, in that sense,” he told Goal and SPOX. “But how I would like to orient myself then, my thoughts are not so far yet.
“The reality is that I’ve had the best club football coaches with Pep, Klopp, and Thomas Tuchel so far. You learn a lot and think about how after your career you can pass on this knowledge.”
Gundogan was pleased by the way the City manager was able to get his team back into the title race when it was suggested that his style of leadership could only have a short-term effect.
Last season, City finished 18 points behind Klopp’s Liverpool, but this season Guardiola has turned around his side, embarking on a record-breaking 16-match winning streak.
At first, I was injured, but then I joined a squad you thought had been playing Pep football for years,” he said.” The pace at which his football can be tactically conveyed to the team is remarkable. That was the case back then at Bayern [Munich] as well.