Five years after a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked questions over his loyalty to Germany, Ilkay Gundogan will captain the national side during Saturday's international friendly against Turkey in Berlin.
Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will captain Germany, manager Hansi Flick confirmed on Friday, nine months before the country hosts Euro 2024.
The signing of the 32-year-old centre-back, a Spain international, on a contract until 2025, continues the Catalans' recent policy of hiring experienced players at zero transfer cost
The treble winners said the 29-year-old had signed a four-year contract after the clubs reportedly agreed an initial fee of £25 million ($32 million), with a potential £5 million in add-ons
Ilkay Gundogan has signed for Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of his Manchester City contract while Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season after renewing his deal until June 2024.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is set to leave the treble winners to join Barcelona on a free transfer, according to reports on Wednesday.
Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan admitted on Monday he did not have the stamina to keep up with "party machine" teammate Jack Grealish after his side celebrated claiming the treble.
With City aiming to become only the second English club to complete the treble, and emulate Manchester United's 1999 feat, Gundogan's focus quickly switched to the showdown in Istanbul against Inter Milan