Ilkay Gundogan hopes to follow in the footsteps of Bastian Schweinsteiger for Germany following the Manchester United outcast’s decision to retire from international football.
Schweinsteiger said farewell to Germany after Euro 2016 and Gundogan is regarded as the ideal candidate to take his place in midfield.
The Manchester City star has returned to the national squad for the upcoming home World Cup qualifiers against Czech Republic and Northern Ireland after a length absence due to injury and is determined to make his mark.
“I would be absolutely delighted if I were to have a career similar to that of Schweinsteiger, both at club and international level,” Gundogan said at a news conference.
“We all know what he has done for German football. It is an honour to be likened to him.
“But I am just trying to contribute something to the team. I want to enjoy the moment and be ready whenever I am needed. It is obviously great to be back.”
Gundogan left Borussia Dortmund for Manchester City ahead of the 2016-17 campaign and he is loving life in the Premier League.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world in my opinion,” he added.
“There are five or six big teams fighting it out for the title. Demands on the players are very high.
“I am feeling very well at Manchester City.”
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