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Watch: Gundogan takes Academy training session

Ilkay Gundogan recently took charge of an Academy training session as part of his studies for his coaching badges.

The Manchester City midfielder put our Under-16 squad through their paces at the City Football Academy, where he ran a session alongside Lead Coach Darren Hughes and his assistant, Alan Wright.

Gundogan, who has expressed an interest in embarking on a coaching career once he retires from playing, put on a possession exercise for the youngsters as he passed on his expertise to the next generation of talent at the Club.


“It was fun,” he told “I enjoyed it a lot.

“The boys were very cooperative. They met me for the first time, so it’s more difficult. We have to get to know each other first, but I think it went really well.

“It was fun, I enjoyed it and I’ll definitely come back soon.”

Afterwards, Gundogan added to the experience by taking part in a two-touch competition and crossbar challenge with the squad, to complete what was no doubt a memorable occasion for our Under-16s.

You can watch the best of Ilkay’s training session in the video above.

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