Transfer: How Xavi convinced me to leave Man City for Barcelona – Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan has revealed how Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez convinced him to leave Manchester City this summer.

The Germany midfielder left the Premier League side as a free agent after winning the Treble.

Gundogan has now pointed to the similarities between Pep Guardiola and Xavi.

“My first impressions [of Xavi] were amazing, exactly what I expected.

“We spoke before the transfer on the phone and he explained a few things to me, his idea [of football], which is quite similar to Man City… We already have a great bond and it’s just going to get better,” Gundogan told ESPN.

Barca won the LaLiga title last season in Xavi’s first full campaign in charge, finishing 10 points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.

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