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The City player who suffered racism and is now Guardiola's star player.

By Liam Styles

The City player who suffered racism and is now Guardiola's star player.

A man who was important to Manchester City's two trophies has struggled mightily.

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What Manchester City have achieved this season is crazy. Josep Guardiola is making Premier League history and the players have performed spectacularly, which could mean they are top contenders to win the next UEFA Champions League.

And everyone will be looking ahead to the match in Istanbul, Turkey, where the Citizens will face Inter Milan to find out who, after a long competition, can lift the title of the most coveted trophy in Europe and, why not, the world.

Ilkay Gündogan was the hero of the FA Cup final, scoring both goals as City beat United in the Manchester Derby. He outshone the likes of Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, who are already wanted by other clubs on the continent.

But Gündogan's story has a deeper meaning. With Turkish roots, the midfielder had a difficult childhood in Dortmund, where he grew up and made his debut as a footballer before making the leap to Manchester City and meeting Josep Guardiola, the coach who changed his life.

From mockery to success with City

Gündogan has tried to put the situations behind him and is now focused on being Manchester City's big star. He is on the verge of one of the pivotal games of his life and preparing to captain Germany for next year's European Cup qualifiers.

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