Pep Guardiola shuts down talk of Ilkay Gundogan transfer

The Bayern Munich head coach had no time for speculation regarding the player's possible move to the Premier League.

Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has shot down rumours linking Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan with a move to the Premier League giants, reports Goal.

The Bayern Munich head coach will take over at the Etihad Stadium from Manuel Pellegrini in June when the Chilean’s three-year tenure at the club comes to an end.

Reports in the Sun last week stated Gundogan is set to make a £30 million move to City in the upcoming transfer window after meeting with Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain.

The Germany international is renowned for his stamina, work-rate and passing accuracy and has helped return Dortmund to Bundesliga title challengers under manager Thomas Tuchel this term.

After bouncing back from the disappointing injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign, Gundogan has become instrumental in his team’s success, utilised in a deeper playmaking role.

Ahead of the Bavarians’ DFB-Pokal semi-final 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, Guardiola was quick to dismiss the subject of Gundogan’s move to the Premier League side. According to Goal, the Spanish coach told reporters: "I am the coach of Bayern Munich”.

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