Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan has revealed he would ‘always say yes’ to a move to the Turkish Süper Lig should he be offered it in future.
The German midfielder has been at Manchester City since 2016, proving a big hit under manager Pep Guardiola since his arrival three years ago.
That saw him sign a new, improved four-year deal last summer, with his contract at the Eithad now set to expire in 2023.
By that point, Gündogan will be 32-years-old and presumably looking at the next stage of his career, post-Manchester City.
A return to Germany would make sense, given the midfielder started his career there with SV Heßler 06 Youth before going on to star for the likes of 1.FC Nuremberg and Borussia Dortmund prior to his move to England four years ago.
He, though, is seemingly open to looking elsewhere and is refusing to rule out a move to Turkey, even if it is as a manager.
“Of course, I follow the Süper Lig. Not every game, but every now and then I watch some games,” he told Futbolarena.
“There is a team I have a certain sympathy for, but it would not be correct to name it now.
“I could play in the Süper Lig in four or five years. I would love to do that. However, I don’t have to come to Turkey as a footballer. I can also very well imagine a job as a trainer.
“I’m currently happy here. But things can change quickly in the football business. But I would always say “yes” to Turkey.
“Mehmet Ekici is a very good friend of mine. We met on my last visit to Istanbul. Shinji Kagawa played at Besiktas. We all met for a coffee together. I like “Memo”, and I like to watch him.”