Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has identified Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, as one of the smartest players he has coached in his career.

Guardiola coached the Germany international at Man City before the player left for Barca.

They both won several trophies, including the Champions League and the Premier League.

“İlkay didn’t talk much, but when he did, everyone listened to him, including me as a coach,” Guardiola said (via Barca Blaugranes).

“It was clear and direct. He is a very intelligent player, one of the smartest I have ever coached. He was the key to our success.”



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