Gundogan’s touching gesture as Man City star donates bonus for winning league

Ilkay Gundogan has donated his Premier League winners bonus to his childhood club Hessler 06 in Gelsenkirchen.

The Manchester City midfielder was a shining light for Pep Guardiola’s side as they eased to the title.

Gundogan enjoyed his most prolific season in England, scoring 17 times and was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

He and his City team-mates pocketed a healthy sum following their efforts and the 30-year-old will offer £258,000 to Hessler 06 so that they can buy an artificial pitch.

“When Ilkay heard that children were withdrawing because there was no artificial pitch, it hit him hard,” said his manager and uncle, Ilhan.

Ilkay Gundogan has offered financial help to his boyhood club

“We are still very closely connected to the club, because we spent large parts of our childhood here.”

The German international spent a decade at the club before joining Bochum’s academy.

Local authorities in Gelsenkirchen will contribute the remaining 350,000 euros (£301,000) towards the project.

“Without Ilkay, we would not have been able to start this project,” said club chairman Rainer Konietzka.

Gundogan would break into Bochum’s first team before joining Nuremberg and then Borussia Dortmund.

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There he won the Bundesliga title and reached the Champions League final.

The midfielder then moved to City in 2016 following Guardiola’s arrival and has enjoyed huge success.

He just picked up his third league winners medal and has also enjoyed five domestic cup wins.

Gundogan received high praised from his manager earlier this season as he continued to find the net.

“He’s an incredibly nice guy. He’s one of the… I will never forget the time we spent together,” he said.

“As a player he is one of the most intelligent, wisest players I have ever trained, I have ever seen.

“This season, every time he has arrived near the goal, he has scored the goal, he has this quality but not just that. I’m so delighted with the performance from Ilkay again and from all of the team.”

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