The German midfielder has praised his teammate ahead of the Premier League leaders’ trip to Borussia Dortmund.
Ilkay Gundogan expressed his belief that Gabriel Jesus can become a “world class striker“Amid ongoing rumors linking Erling Haaland to a move to Manchester City. Manchester City have been reported to be looking for a new striker in the upcoming transfer window, with club legend Sergio Agüero set to end his illustrious 10-year career at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
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Gabriel Jesus is the only other natural center-forward in Pep Guardiola’s squad at the moment, and has yet to prove he can be the man to fill the Argentine’s suit in the long run, but Gündogan has no doubts about its capacity. Present at a press conference ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, Gundogan told reporters: “I have the impression that there are no limits for Gabi “.
“He has already been very good the last few years here and I don’t know if that is the case, if there is any influence on us or on him that Sergio leaves in terms of playing time for Gabriel Jesus. I don’t. really dunno. What I do know is that he brings everything to be a world class striker. He has already done a good job since playing here, he is a great teammate, he is still young with a lot of potential to improve too but he is already playing very well and he is committed to the team and his game. I really believe that for him the future is very brightr “, explained the German.
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Erling Haaland is billed as the man most likely to succeed Sergio Agüero as Manchester City’s new No.9, having enjoyed a meteoric rise since his stint in Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020. Gündogan, who spent five years at Westfalenstadion before joining the Etihad in 2016, believes the Norwegian is destined to reach the top level after proving himself in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
“I think he’s a great talent. He’s a great player and an exciting prospect.”, said the German midfielder. “He scores a lot of goals, he’s strong physically, he’s fast and he’s determined. That’s what I see. He’s capable of hurting any team he faces and his stats are already outstanding – no only in the league but also in Europe. It’s amazing and the fact that he is so young just shows that he will have a bright future because he is already a great player. I don’t know him at all but it seems that he brings the right state of mind to go to the top “, said Gündogan.
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Gündogan’s glowing assessment of Jesus’ potential is supported by the fact that the Brazilian has been a constant source of goals for City since arriving from Palmeiras in 2019. Gabriel Jesus has scored 81 goals in his first 186 appearances in all competitions. , including 13 this quarter, and he still has more than two years to complete his current contract.
The 24-year-old may not be as prolific as Haaland, but he has shown he can play in the Premier League, and Guardiola has already said he could end up sticking with his current generation of players. forwards for the 2021-22 campaign. Erling Haaland would likely cost Manchester City more than € 100million, and there is no guarantee that he will be as effective in English football as he has been in Germany, with Gabriel Jesus representing a less risky option for Cityzens.