Man City dedicate a training pitch to Treble-winning captain Ilkay Gundogan after his summer move to Barcelona… and unveil a mosaic of his 2022 title-winning goal against Aston Villa at the City Football Academy

  • Ilkay Gundogan left the Etihad to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer 
  • City have unveiled a mosaic of him by one of their training pitches in his honour
  • Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says he’s an important pillar of the club’s history

Manchester City have dedicated a training pitch to Treble-winning captain Ilkay Gundogan.

The central midfielder, who turned 33 on Tuesday, left the club for Barcelona after seven years over the summer and becomes the latest City great to be bestowed a lasting tribute.

Gundogan’s title-winning goal against Aston Villa, in the dramatic 3-2 final day victory in 2022, has been depicted as a mosaic beside the pitch at the City Football Academy.

‘On behalf of everyone associated with Manchester City, it is really my privilege and honour to unveil this mosaic that is a tribute to every accomplishment you’ve made over the years,’ chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said.

‘You have been an important leader, an important pillar of the history of this club that will never be forgotten.

Manchester City have dedicated a training pitch to Etihad legend llkay Gundogan – unveiling a mosaic of his 2022 title-winning goal against Aston Villa at the City Football Academy

Gundogan guided Man City to a magnificent Treble last season before leaving for Barcelona

Gundogan guided Man City to a magnificent Treble last season before leaving for Barcelona

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak branded him an important pillar of the history at the club

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak branded him an important pillar of the history at the club

‘We are all so grateful, so thankful for the great memories you gave us – as the first Manchester City captain to lift the Champions League, as a player that’s lifted five Premier Leagues, so many trophies as part of his journey with the Club.

‘But beyond these great accomplishments as a football player, your accomplishments as a leader, both in the club and in the community is never going to be forgotten.

‘Today I want to thank you on behalf of everyone associated with the Club and this mosaic is our gift to you to keep you part of the history of this club, a place that you can come and always know that you have left an important stamp that will be never forgotten.’

Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva have been immortalised with statues after all three served a decade at the Etihad Stadium. Gundogan – who won 12 major trophies under Pep Guardiola – joins the likes of Yaya Toure and Joe Hart with pitches named after them at the training base.

The German came on as a substitute on the final day of the 2021-22 season against Aston Villa and dramatically scored twice to hand Manchester City the title with a 3-2 win at the Etihad

The German came on as a substitute on the final day of the 2021-22 season against Aston Villa and dramatically scored twice to hand Manchester City the title with a 3-2 win at the Etihad

This summer, Gundogan left on a free move to Barcelona, who are undefeated in LaLiga so far

This summer, Gundogan left on a free move to Barcelona, who are undefeated in LaLiga so far

Sergio Aguero stands in front of his statue at the Etihad

Fans pass the statue of club legend Vincent Kompany at the stadium in Manchester

Sergio Aguero (left), Vincent Kompany (right) and David Silva have all been immortalised with statues outside the Etihad after each serving over a decade at the Premier League club

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