Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has shown his class by donating his Premier League winners’ bonus to his childhood club in his native Germany, report Sky Sports.
Gundogan was a key figure in the Man City side which won the Premier League at a canter, with the German international having scored 13 goals in the process, an impressive return for a central midfielder.
While he deserves every penny of the lucrative bonus he’ll pocket after winning the Premier League, Gundogan is keen to ensure that money goes to something more worthwhile.
As is reported by Sky Sports, Gundogan will cover virtually all of the €300K (£258K) contributed by boyhood club Hessler 06 towards a new artificial pitch. Included in that sum will be all of his Premier League winners’ bonus.
Ilhan Gundogan, the manager and uncle of the Man City star, is quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“We are still very closely connected to the club, because we spent large parts of our childhood here.”
“When Ilkay heard that many children were withdrawing because there was no artificial pitch, it hit him hard.”
It’s great to see Gundogan has not forgotten where he came from, even though he’s achieved such a great deal in the game. The money invested into Hessler 06’s facilities will contribute towards the creation of more Ilkay Gundogan’s in the future.
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