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Ilkay Gundogan considering move into management

Ilkay Gundogan wants to go into management when he finishes playing.

The Manchester City midfielder has been an instrumental figure in Manchester City's rise to the top of the Premier League in recent months and revealed that he wants to move to the touchline when he retires.

Gundogan told Goal.com: "Some time ago, I asked around for some information on how the procedure would work if I were to take a trainer's licence one day. In that sense, it's more than just a thought.

"But how I would like to orient myself then, my thoughts are not yet that far."

The German star believes he could use his experience working under coaches such as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to further his own ambitions.

Gundogan said: "The fact is that with Pep, Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, I've had pretty much the best coaches in club football so far. You learn a lot and think about how you can pass on this knowledge after your career."

Guardiola looks to set to win his third Premier League title with City and Gundogan is impressed with the way the Spanish coach remains motivated despite his success.

He said: "The speed with which he can communicate his football tactically to the team is impressive. That was also the case at Bayern [Munich] back then.

"At the same time, it's also this season, because he still acts with such motivation in every training session. There was always talk that Pep was only a coach for a maximum of three years - at the moment we see that these critics were wrong."

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