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Gundogan's former coach: 'For me, Ilkay is and was a No.10'

Wed 24 February 2021 | 13:46

Michael Oenning has not been astounded by his discovery at the most significant level, as he watched the midfielder's performances up-close at Bochum and Nurnberg.

Ilkay Gundogan's ex-coach Michael Oenning has uncovered the discussions he used to have with Jurgen Klopp over the best position for Manchester City star, which he feels has consistently been as a No.10. 

Gundogan has for some time been considered among the top defensive midfielders in European football; however this season, he has been dazzling for his endeavors in the last third after being approached to play further advance by

Pep Guardiola

Oenning says he saw the 27-year-old's passion for scoring goals toward the beginning of his profession with Bochum and Nurnberg, which incited him to encourage Klopp on how best to utilize him at

Borussia Dortmund

. However, he declares his kindred German was not interested in such an idea.

The 55-year-old coach told 

Goal 

of Gundogan's early career development:

"After the first training session at Bochum, I spoke with Ilkay and said to him: 'You will be a professional footballer!'

"He was a little bit shy and he was laughing, but I could see the fire in his eyes. I had no doubts that he would reach his aims.

"For me, Ilkay is and was a No.10. I often argued with Jurgen Klopp about his best position, but he made him into one of the best defensive midfielders."

Oenning continued:

"From the first moment, we had a special relationship. I trusted him 100 per cent and he understands immediately what I want from him on the pitch.

"He feels totally free and he learns very quickly. I think he would like to hear that he is a mixture of Xavi and Iniesta, two players he loves most.

"Ilkay has this instinct for football that you can't learn."

 

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