Barcelona complete signing of Man City captain Ilkay Gundogan

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Barcelona have completed the signing of Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan on a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old’s deal at Camp Nou includes the option to extend for a further 12 months, bringing to an end a hugely successful seven-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.

Gundogan was a hugely influential figure last season as City ended their long wait for a first Champions League crown, and he also played a significant role as the club overhauled long-time leaders Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

The German’s influence didn’t stop there, with a brace of goals at Wembley helping City overcome neighbourhood rivals Manchester United 2-1 to win the FA Cup – the first goal a superb volley from outside the area in what was the fastest ever goal in a final.

Gundogan was out of contract at the Etihad this summer and despite Pep Guardiola’s desire for him to stay, he has opted to head to La Liga for a new challenge.

“For me it has been a total privilege and pleasure to be part of Manchester City for the last seven years,” Gundogan told City’s official website upon confirmation of his exit. “Manchester has been my home and I have felt part of a very special family at City.

“I have been lucky to have experienced so many unforgettable moments in my time here and to have been captain for this extra special season has been the greatest experience of my career.

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