MANCHESTER CITY boss Pep Guardiola has told Ilkay Gundogan to sign a new deal – or leave the club.
Guardiola is becoming increasingly frustrated with the German’s reluctance to commit his future to the Premier League champions.
Gundogan, 28, has held several rounds of talks with City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak.
He will be out of contract at the end of next season and has been offered a new and improved deal.
But Gundogan, who allowed his previous deal with Borussia Dortmund to run down before penning an extension, is in no rush to sign up with Guardiola’s men.
Gundogan, who joined City from Dortmund in 2016 for £21m, admitted last month that his next deal could well be the last big one of his career.
But Guardiola is keen for him to show his commitment and put the matter to bed sooner rather than later.
The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus signed new deals with no fuss in 2018.
Now Guardiola wants Gundogan to show him he wants to stay and will allow him to go if he doesn’t.
“If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave”
He said: “I said in the press conference that we would like to (sign him up), but it depends on the club and him, so I don’t know.
“Hopefully he can stay. I would prefer him to stay, but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay too.
“If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave. But we would like to continue.
“Next season he has a contract and a longer time together. I said before if he wants to stay, we will talk to him and we can sign the contract.
“We signed the contract with Kevin in a few days, with other players, with Gabriel.
“But he doesn’t want to right now, so we will wait. When he wants it, we will be here.”
Just a few weeks ago Gundogan said: “It may well be that the next one will be my last big contract.
“Such a decision must be well considered. We already had one or two talks. I do not feel pressure is on the subject.
“Sportingly, I am very satisfied with City, as there are less attractive tasks in Europe. In this regard, nothing stands against an extension. But nothing is decided yet.”