Manchester City’s new signing İlkay Gündoğan is one of a number of players to have swapped the Bundesliga for the Premier League this summer.
Players such as Granit Xhaka, Joël Matip, Loris Karius, Ron-Robert Zieler and Håvard Nordtveit have all confirmed their moves, while a €42m deal to take Henrikh Mkhitayan to Manchester United is all but complete.
While Gündoğan and Mkhitaryan are set to face off on opposite sides of the Manchester divide, the German international will also come up against former Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp, now at Liverpool.
Klopp was the one who brought Gündoğan to the Westfalenstadion in 2011, and together they won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final in 2013.
Speaking to Dubai-based newspaper Sport360 in one of his first interviews as a Man City player, the 25 year old revelaed that he had spoken to his former boss about the Premier League before he made to move to join the Pep Guardiola revolution.
“Of course I talked to Klopp. I asked if I would fit in the Premier League and he said ‘definitely, definitely yes’. He wishes me the best and me also for him.
“The Premier League is a really, really big competition. When I was in Germany I followed the games and it was always like the biggest league in Europe and it’s proving now more and more like this when you see which coaches are now joining the Premier League and which players.”
Gündoğan, who is missing Euro 2016 through injury, also said he believes that Mkhitaryan will go on to have a big impact at Manchester United, but would not be drawn on the new club rivalry between the pair of ex-teammates:
“I think it’s not necessary to comment [on the prospect of a rivalry], because at the end, he has to make the right decision for himself,
“He’s a player who needs self-confidence, who needs to play every time and prove himself to get better and better.
“At that time, we were not so successful, so it was not easy for him to adapt, he had a few problems. But when you see how he played last year, it was really incredible.
“Maybe he was the most important player for us last year. If he can go on like this, he will have a big, big impact for Manchester United.”
Manchester City have since added Nolito and Oleksandr Zinchenko to the ranks, with more on the way, as Guardiola looks to have a major impact on the Premier League in his first season.