“I like Klopp but…” – Premier League star takes final decision on joining Liverpool in January transfer window
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has ruled out a potential reunion with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The news comes after the City man was asked about his future in an interview.
Liverpool are in desperate need for a midfielder in January but it appears as though Gundogan has politely declined.
Despite the rejection, Gundogan has said how much he respects Klopp.
It is presently unknown whether City will extend the contract of the Germany international past the end of the current campaign.
Talking about the situation, Gundogan said: “I think I can rule out that happening,” he told German magazine Kicker.
“Everyone knows how much I like and appreciate Kloppo. But I’ve been at City for a few years now.
“And now as City captain to rival Liverpool?
“No, I can not imagine [it],” he added.
Gundogan has had an incredibly successful career at Man City, winning four Premier League titles.
City manager Pep Guardiola had nothing but positive things to say about his midfielder last month.
Speaking to the club website: “Gundogan was the first player we signed when I became a manager [at City in 2016]. It is a pleasure to work with people like Ilkay,” Guardiola said.
“I will never forget him. For me personally and for the team, he is an incredible football player, always grounded.
“He likes to be second position and always you can rely on him 100%. He gave us the Premier League. He can play holding midfielder and attacking midfielder. He is so smart, can talk about the world.
“That is why he was voted by his mates as captain. We are incredibly happy with the decision we made to have him.