According to recent reports from BILD, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is considering retirement from the German national team.
He still has not decided on the retirement and wants to meet with the newly appointed head coach Hansi Flick before he consolidates on the move. This meeting is important for the 30-year old, as he wants a clear answer to where he stands in his plans.
At 30 years of age, Gundogan is not getting any younger and he does not want to be a reserve player for his national team.
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The midfielder, who will be 32 years old when the 2022 Qatar World Cup comes along, wants to focus solely on Manchester City now.
Ilkay Gundogan’s consideration of retirement comes after Germany’s shock exit to England in the round of sixteen.
With Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos also announcing his retirement, it seems like his partner in midfield may just be the next German Titan to retire.
Gundogan has been a big part of Germany’s squad, but was unlucky to miss out on Germany’s 2014 world cup triumph due to an injury, ever since making his debut in 2011.
Having made his national debut at the tender age of 20 years old, Ilkay Gundogan has played 49 games for the German national team and has scored 11 goals.
Like every player in every national squad, maybe Gundogan’s time in the German National team has also come to an end.
Though everyone in Germany will not be happy seeing one of their stars retiring, everyone at Manchester City will be happy to see that now Gundogan, who signed a new contract at the start of last season, will be able to concentrate solely on the club.