Man City star makes future admission after historic-making FA Cup final win against Man Utd
The City midfielder was asked about his future at the Etihad Stadium.
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Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan reflected on an ‘amazing’ performance after his moved a step closer to a historic treble with an FA Cup Final win over arch rivals Manchester United.
The 32-year-old took little time in opening the scoring after he volleyed home the first goal of the game with just 13 seconds on the clock to set a new FA Cup Final record. Bruno Fernandes got United back on level-terms with a penalty before half-time but Gundogan would claim his place in City history when he struck a second volley six minutes after the interval.
City will now head into next weekend’s Champions League Final knowing a win over Serie A club Internazionale will seem them become the second English side to complete the treble, 24 years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s United became the first.
Speaking after the win over the Red Devils, Gundogan told BBC Sport: “To win a final is always special, every single trophy is special, so this group deserves it. I think we played really well, especially in the second-half, (it was) amazing and we deserve to lift another trophy.
“Obviously, we know how we want to play the kick-off, we aim to go long to Erling (Haaland) and to get the second ball and try to attack quick. I guess for the first time this season we have scored, the ball was just placed amazingly for me and I just had to hit it. It was quite a good strike and it went in, it was amazing.”
The win over United could well represent Gundogan’s final domestic appearance as a City player as he approaches the final weeks of his current contract. Speculation over his future at the Etihad has continued to dominate the headlines throughout what is increasingly looking like a historic season for the German international and his City team-mates.
When asked about if the cup final win would help convince him to extend his seven-year stint with the club, Gundogan admitted ‘nothing is decided yet’ as his focus switches towards next weekend’s meeting with Inter.
He explained: “To be honest, I don’t need this kind of days to feel appreciated, to feel special in this club. I know that, that’s why I have already been here for seven years, with all of the ups and downs that have happened so far. Nothing is decided yet, so we will see what will happen.”