Manchester City player İlkay Gündoğan says recovering from his injuries has been mentally challenging.
The player admits it has been really difficult to approach his recovery with the right set of mind as he struggles to get fit for Guardiola’s side.
Gündoğan started only nine Premier League games last season due to an injury in December when he tore cruciate knee ligaments.
The 26-year-old is close to full recovery, but admits it has been really difficult for him to keep a positive mindset about his career since he missed both 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro due to injuries.
“It is heavy mentally to accept that,” Gundogan told BBC Sport.
“It is really hard always to fall and fight your way back. You feel good and feel ready, then you get the next kick.Paiva says Felix would have done better at City or Barca George Patchias – Joao Felix would have become a better player at Manchester City or Barcelona according to former coach Renato Paiva.Renato Paiva was the prodigious Portuguese…
“The worst part is behind me now. I want to feel ready when I am fully back. I want to feel safe and confident. I don’t mind if it is two weeks or six.”
City are one of the favourites for the Premier League title in the forthcoming season, after some heavy spending on the market. However, the midfielder believes last year’s runners-up Tottenham will challenge for the title once again, despite not bringing in any new players.
“We felt that last year as well but it was a completely new experience for all of us. We know the Premier League a bit more now and can’t wait for the season to start.
“Tottenham are a great team. They have the style of football. They have young English players. Our experience last season shows it is really tough to beat them. They are really uncomfortable to play against.
“I am pretty sure, even if they will not say it loud, the people who know the Premier League know Tottenham are definitely a competitor for the title.