Ilkay Gundogan is too good for Man City to let go! Winners & losers as Barcelona transfer target stars once again in easy Everton win
Just when they thought he was out, Ilkay Gundogan pulled himself back into Manchester City's future plans with another virtuoso display. Having downed Leeds United last week with two ruthless strikes, the Germany international showed his true class with a pair of outstanding goals, plus an assist, in the 3-0 win over Everton.
The 32-year-old was City's most inventive player, and while the Premier League leaders were not at their dominant best at a fired-up Goodison Park, Gundogan certainly was. He scored the opener when the Toffees couldn't have sensed any danger, conjuring up a magical flick into the net despite having has back to goal.
His free-kick strike in the second half was another jaw-dropping moment, and City must now be wondering whether they should work harder to try and convince him to sign a new contract. Gundogan was Guardiola's first signing, and after the game the coach again expressed his desire for the player to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium. That could spell bad news for Barcelona, who are hoping to sign him on a free transfer this summer.
Speaking of bad news, Real Madrid will have been disheartened by the fact that City managed to win without exerting themselves too much ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.
GOAL breaks down the winners & losers from Goodison Park...