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Ilkay Gundogan reveals he called former team-mate Fernandinho for ‘advice’ on his role as captain

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Ilkay Gundogan reveals he referred to as former Man Metropolis team-mate Fernandinho for ‘recommendation’ on his new function as captain… as he insists the membership’s ‘huge characters’ within the dressing room are ‘stepping up’ following Brazilian’s departure

  • Ilkay Gundogan has spoken to Fernandinho about his new function as Metropolis captain
  • The German midfielder inherited the armband after Fernandinho’s summer season exit
  • He additionally believes Erling Haaland will assist their Champions League bid this season

New Manchester Metropolis captain Ilkay Gundogan revealed he has held conversations with predecessor Fernandinho for recommendation on his function on the membership. 

The German worldwide midfielder admitted that he has spoken with the Brazilian midfielder, and claimed that his function within the facet has modified with extra emphasis now on ‘communication’. 

Fernandinho vacated the skipper’s armband on the Etihad after departing the membership for Brazilian facet Athletico Paranaense on the finish of final season.

Ilkay Gundogan has called former Manchester City captain Fernandinho for advice on the role

Ilkay Gundogan has referred to as former Manchester Metropolis captain Fernandinho for recommendation on the function

Gundogan mentioned at a press convention forward of Tuesday’s Champions League conflict: ‘I feel the ambiance is kind of comparable.

‘Now we have gamers who’re actually good guys and they’re actually vital for the dressing room and the large characters are stepping up. 

‘Gamers altering is regular. My function has possibly modified a bit bit and develop into a bit bit extra about communication. 

‘I used to be fortunate sufficient to have Fernandinho and I’ve referred to as him a few occasions for some recommendation. I do not attempt to change too many issues.’

Gundogan inherited the Brazilian's role when he left the club at the end of the 2021-22 season

Gundogan inherited the Brazilian’s function when he left the membership on the finish of the 2021-22 season

Pep Guardiola beforehand revealed that the Metropolis captaincy has been awarded primarily based on a vote by gamers and assist workers, with vice captains additionally appointed, within the wake of Vincent Kompany’s exit after the 2018/19 season. 

The pair played 157 times together in the City midfield

The pair performed 157 occasions collectively within the Metropolis midfield

Gundogan served alongside Ruben Dias as deputy to Fernandinho after David Silva left the membership in 2020, after which inherited the function this summer season. 

Guardiola is thought at hand the armband to probably the most senior participant on the pitch at any second however, though the German was Guardiola’s first signing on the membership, he has really spent much less time in Metropolis colors than Kevin De Bruyne. 

Guardiola’s goal of an extra Champions League title  – a well-documented ambition of Metropolis – is but to return to fruition, and the membership fell to a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea within the 2020-21 ultimate.

And Gundogan additionally spoke about how the acquisition of Erling Haaland may assist the membership obtain their objective, with a tie towards each gamers’ former facet Borussia Dortmund up subsequent, including: ‘We hope for it. This yr having a correct quantity 9 [Erling Haaland] goes to assist us lots. 

Gundogan believes Erling Haaland's goals can help City to finally win the Champions League

Gundogan believes Erling Haaland’s targets will help Metropolis to lastly win the Champions League 

‘We are going to see and the Champions League is an unbelievable factor to realize. It’s by no means straightforward to play on this competitors and typically little particulars can resolve the end result.

‘I feel [the Norwegian’s] numbers converse for themselves. I feel the membership has signed an unbelievable participant. 

‘He has executed nicely on the pitch, however his character, dedication and angle off the pitch [has also been impressive]. 

‘We’re each actually trying ahead to the sport towards our outdated membership.’

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