Gundogan reveals why he wanted Barca move

Gundogan reveals why he wanted Barca move

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Ilkay Gündogan landed in Barcelona this Saturday and is wearing the smile of a child with new shoes. The player has made his first statements as a blaugrana player to the club's official channels and has been very optimistic about the future that awaits Xavi Hernandez's project. He assures that signing for Barça "is a dream come true. I remember myself being a kid and watching Pep's Barça, Rijkaard's Barça. I've been following the club ever since and I've been following it all these years.

In fact, the German international revealed that "I've been here several times as a spectator, so now I'm very proud and very happy to be at this club". He expects "great football" because "there is a lot of potential in the team, a very young squad, and I hope with my experience to help the youngsters and take them to the next level". He is convinced that "the base is there, the potential is there too, we just have to show it next season and that's why I came here. I'm very motivated."

As for what he will add to the team, he explains: "A lot of experience, but obviously also quality in midfield. It depends where I play, what role I have, more defensive or offensive. I guess I'll be able to keep the ball and pass it, which is very important if you're at Barça. Furthermore, he will not hesitate to "put myself at the team's disposal to help as much as possible. In the end we are individuals, but the most important thing is the success of the team.

His relationship with Xavi

For Gündogan, having spoken to Xavi beforehand "means a lot, I had a few talks with him before I arrived". He is convinced that "the way we think and our football, when he was playing, is quite similar. I'm sure there will be a great connection. He ends by saying that "I'm coming to support and bring this team back to the top".

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