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Man City are concerned that their midfielder could leave for free next summer.

Manchester City host Sevilla on Wednesday, needing only a point to secure top spot in Champions League Group G.

The Citizens won their first three games to take command of the league, and draws against FC Copenhagen and Borussia Dortmund in their last two games have put them on the verge of clinching first place.

City manager Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his squad for the La Liga visit, having already confirmed that Erling Haaland, who missed Saturday's match against Leicester City, will not play.

It remains to be seen who will start the game at The Etihad, but it appears that City are growing increasingly concerned about one of their stars potentially leaving for free next summer.

City are concerned that Ilkay Gundogan will refuse to sign a contract extension and will leave on a free transfer next summer.

The German midfielder's current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and no extension has been agreed upon.

In January, the 32-year-old will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club, making City's need for an extension even more pressing.

Gundogan joined City from Dortmund in 2016 for a fee of just £20 million and has since appeared in 269 games for the club, scoring 51 goals and assisting on 34 others.

Following the departure of Fernandinho this summer, the German international is now also captain of City.

During the recent transfer window, Gundogan was linked with a move away from City, but he was eventually persuaded to stay.

According to the report, the midfielder has several potential suitors, including Premier League and European clubs.

It is also reported that City has recently held talks with the player about a possible contract extension, but the two parties have yet to reach an agreement.

Gundogan was City's hero last season, as his brace against Aston Villa on the final day of the season secured the Premier League title.

Prior to Gundogan's late double, the Citizens were trailing 2-1 and the title looked to be heading to Liverpool.


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