PEP GUARDIOLA wants Ilkay Gundogan to stay at Manchester City next summer, but the German will have to be patient about a new contract.
Gundogan, 31, is in the last 12 months of his £140,000-a-week deal and is keen to extend it.
City have no intention of letting him go but are in no hurry to start talks.
This is despite Borussia Dortmund’s recent eagerness in Gundogan to get him back.
City plans to wait until he returns from his World Cup position before starting discussions, which means the two sides are unlikely to meet before the new year.
Al Ittihad does not view it as a risky strategy despite the fact that Gundogan will not be in vain at the end of the season – and his brilliance in Qatar will open even more doors.
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There is a lot of confidence on both sides and Gondo, who takes his coaching badges, could end up with a coaching role in the Federation.
The German midfielder was Guardiola’s first signing when he paid him £20.4m in 2016.
In May, he cemented his status as a cult hero by scoring two goals against Aston Villa to take the title.
He scored the first goal in Saturday’s 4-0 match against Bournemouth.
Only Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne have scored more games under Guardiola’s leadership than Gundogan’s 254.
It is believed that he is in no hurry to decide his future but would like to stay.
City are also waiting to see if Barcelona will return to replace playmaker Bernardo Silva.