Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has donated the bonus he received from winning the Premier League to his boyhood club. The club was seeking funds to build a new artificial pitch. Gundogan was a part of Hessler 06 for ten years before moving to Bochum’s academy.
“We are still very closely connected to the club, because we spent large parts of our childhood here,” Gundogan’s manager and uncle Ilhan said. “When Ilkay heard that many children were withdrawing because there was no artificial pitch, it hit him hard.”
Gundogan is with the German national team right now preparing for Euro 2020. He will contribute most of the 300,000 euros that are being paid for the AstroTurf. This comprises the bonus he received from Manchester City after winning the league. Local authorities will pay for the remainder of the project.
“Without Ilkay, we would not have been able to start this project,” said club chairman Rainer Konieczka.
After spending a decade with Hessler 06, Gundogan moved to the Bochum academy. He then moved to Nurnberg before finally moving to Dortmund in 2011. The German maestro was the first signing by Pep Guardiola in 2016. Gundogan suffered a horrific knee injury in his first season in England and spent most of the season recovering from it. Ilkay Gundogan was in scintillating form this season helping Manchester City to their fifth league title of the decade. Gundogan was the top scorer for the Citizens this season with 13 goals.