Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has once again shown class donating his Premier League winning bonus to assist
his childhood club in Germany in constructing a new artificial pitch.
The midfielder spent 10 years at Hessler 06 and then joined Bochum’s Academy during his tender age before moving
into the professional ranks.
Speaking about Gundogan’s connection with the club, the player’s manager and uncle, Ilhan, stated he spent his major part of childhood there.
Uncle Ilhan said
“We are still very closely connected to the club, because we spent large parts of our childhood here.
“When Ilkay heard that many children were withdrawing because there was no artificial pitch, it hit him hard.”
Preparing for Euro 2020 with the Germany national team,
majority of is his 300,000 euros (£258,000) payment were made
by Hessler 06, using the entirety of the bonus he received from City.
He was party of the City squad that won the Premier League at the just concluded season.
Local authorities in Gelsenkirchen will contribute the remaining 350,000 euros (£301,000) towards the project.
Manchester City On The Premier League
Pep Guardiola insists he “chose the best squad” for the Champions League final despite losing out to Chelsea on Saturday, May 29.
One of the key surprises when the line ups were announced was the absence of captain Fernandinho and holding
Instead, Guardiola opted for more attack-minded midfielders like Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva
at the centre of the park.
Speaking after the game,
the Spaniard was in pragmatic mood as he tried to make sense of his team selection.
Chelsea took full advantage of City’s setup which clearly lacked any cover in midfield,
with Mason-Mount’s defence-splitting pass for Kai Havertz’s goal summing up the better team in terms of selection.
By Taiyelolu A.