In the latest Manchester City news, Ilkay Gundogan believes he is now starting to showcase his best form after an injury-plagued start to his City career.
The Germany international moved to the Etihad Stadium from Borussia Dortmund during the summer of 2016 but had to wait to make his debut for the club as he was recovering from a dislocated kneecap at the time.
Gundogan then went on to make 16 appearances during his first season with the Citizens before he suffered another serious injury when he damaged knee ligaments in December 2016.
The 27-year-old eventually returned to competitive action last September and he has not looked back, making 38 appearances in all competitions.
The former Nurnberg player will be hoping his injury problems are behind him as he believes he is now starting to demonstrate his best form in a City shirt.
He told the club’s website: “I just think about now, about being part of the team, about training well and playing well, about doing what the manager and the staff want me to transport into the team.
“I have my own impact and during the last months, I was still on my way to my best. Now, I feel nearly or already there, and I am having fun and I’m happy.”
Gundogan and City both look set to enjoy a successful end to the season as the Manchester club have already won the Carabao Cup, beating Arsenal in last month’s final, while they are 16 points clear of their rivals at the top of the Premier League standings.
The Citizens are also through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will face fellow English side Liverpool over two legs, but Gundogan believes there is still work to do before City can be considered one of Europe’s heavyweights.
“It feels great,” he added. “But this is just the beginning, I think. We are still on a road, a good way, I think, with the way we play, to come into that elite of clubs in Europe.
“I wouldn’t say we are there. We need to compete with teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus – the biggest teams.”