After he retires, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has confirmed his intention to become a manager.
Gundogan enjoys an amazing spell of form at City, finding the net 11 times in his last appearance in the 12 Premier League to bring the club firmly on track in four years for a third title.
But since turning 30 last year, he still has one eye on the future, too.
He cited the impact of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel on his playing career. And he hopes to carry into coaching what he has learned from them.
“Some time ago, I asked around for some information on how the procedure would work if I were to take a trainer’s licence one day,” the Germany international told Goal.
“In that sense, it’s more than just a thought. But how I would like to orient myself then, my thoughts are not yet that far.
“The fact is that with Pep, Klopp and Tuchel, I’ve had pretty much the best coaches in club football so far. You learn a lot and think about how you can pass on this knowledge after your career.”