Manchester City’s latest transfer Ilkay Gundogan has stated that he is relishing the prospect of going head to head with rivals Manchester United.
The Germany international expects a tough Premier League season and is hopeful that he can play a major role in his sides success.
“I think it’s going to be a very tough season with many rivals challenging for the title, particularly Manchester United, and it should be a big battle between us here in Manchester,” Gundogan told Manchester City’s official website.
“But I’m looking forward to it and I hope I can play a good role in us being successful.”
Gundogan will the fourth ethnic Turkish player born in Germany in the Premier League next season – if Liverpool striker Samed Yesil stays at the club over the summer.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and Arsenal star Mesut Ozil are the other two and all three have played in the Germany national side together while Yesil is expected to represent Turkey at international level.
The midfield playmaker provided seven assists and three goals in 40 appearances for Dortmund last season.