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Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan gives his Champions League final bonus to fund schoolboy club

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on February 06, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City footballer Ilkay Gundogan has given his Champions League bonus to his childhood club to help them fund a new pitch.

The midfield playmaker was at Hessler 06 in Germany for ten years.

His manager and uncle Ilhan said:


“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.”

Rainer Konietzka, club chairman, said:

“Without Ilkay, we would not have been able to start this project.”

Gundogan will pay most of the £258,000 needed for the artificial pitch from his bonus.

City were beaten 1-0 in the final against Chelsea.





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