Ilkay Gundogan admits he is thinking of where he could play after leaving Manchester City, with his contract expiring next summer.

City are yet to open talks with Gundogan over a new deal, but the 31-year-old is calm over his future and has expressed his happiness at being in Manchester. He has, though, hinted at some discontent at his role this season where he has been used in a few different competitions.

Now, in an interview with German media, Gundogan has reiterated his stance on his new contract but has offered two potential destinations if he was to leave City after 2023.

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He told Sport1 : “Because of my roots, Turkey is naturally interesting. I also like the USA, I’ve been there on vacation several times.

“However, I’m not worried about that at the moment. I still have a contract in Manchester until 2023, I’m very happy there both in sporting and private terms and I can theoretically imagine ending my career at City.”

Gundogan also spoke about City’s title prospects in the Premier League this season, with just one point separating them and Liverpool.

“It is a very exciting and nerve-wracking race for both us and the fans,” he admitted.

“With Liverpool being incredibly strong and feeling like they’re winning every game, we’re kind of forced to stay focused and not allow ourselves to slip up. That keeps the tension high all the time. That’s when you play football. It may well be that we have to win all games to the end to become champions.

“We are a top team that is strong and versatile, both individually and collectively. As a team, we have grown together again, both sportingly and personally, and approach every game with the highest degree of concentration. If we continue to do this over the next few weeks, we will bring the lead to the finish line.”

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