Ilkay Gundogan has played under a plethora of world-class managers during his professional career.
At Borussia Dortmund, Gundogan was managed by Jurgen Klopp for four years and then spent a season with Thomas Tuchel at the helm.
He then moved to Manchester City, where has has played under Pep Guardiola for the past six years and counting.
While at international level, Gundogan has been managed by Joachim Low and Hansi Flick.
And footage shows that Gundogan has clearly taken notes from those five managers over his professional career.
Gundogan will be 32 years old in October and his playing days are coming to an end.
The German is considering moving into coaching after he hangs up his boots.
He is currently taking his coaching badges and, as part of his training, has coached Man City’s U16s.
A clip of his ‘first training session’ he led has been recently posted on to Twitter and it’s a fascinating watch, View it below…
İlkay Gündoğan taking his first training session with Man City’s U16 team, as part of the German coaching license.— Gaurav (@The_Architetto) August 29, 2022
He explained the role of eye contact and importance of drawing opponents towards one side of pitch before switching the ball to other. pic.twitter.com/Ei2klrnWWW
In the clip, Gundogan explains the role of eye contact and importance of drawing opponents towards one side of pitch before switching the ball to the other.
View a longer video of his session, as posted by Man City’s official Youtube channel, below…
It looks as if Gundogan has the potential to become a top manager in the future. He looked a natural teaching City’s youngsters.
Gundogan spoke out about possibly venturing into coaching earlier this month.
“There are no concrete plans [for coaching] right now,” he told Man City’s official website.
“I started at the beginning of last season, May or June, with the German FA.
“The reason I wanted to do it is I’m 31, hopefully I’ve got some more years ahead of me, and I want to be ahead of things, and this is an area I’ve always wanted to explore especially having the privilege of working with Pep, Thomas Tuchel and Klopp.
“I wanted to learn some stuff with the German FA and the Academy under-16s. I’m the owner now of the B licence, then I’ll go for A and the pro licence.”
Gundogan clearly has a promising managerial career if he does choose to pursue it after his playing days come to an end.
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