Manchester Metropolis midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has donated his Premier League bonus to his childhood membership in Germany to assist them fund a brand new synthetic pitch.
Gundogan spent a decade at Hessler 06 earlier than shifting to Bochum’s academy after which into the skilled ranks.
“We’re nonetheless very carefully linked to the membership, as a result of we spent giant components of our childhood right here,” Gundogan’s supervisor and uncle Ilhan stated.
“When Ilkay heard that many kids had been withdrawing as a result of there was no synthetic pitch, it hit him onerous.”
Gundogan, who’s making ready for Euro 2020 with Germany, will put within the overwhelming majority of the 300,000 euros (£258,000) being paid by Hessler 06, utilizing the whole lot of the bonus he acquired from Metropolis after they claimed the Premier League title for the fifth time within the final decade.
Native authorities in Gelsenkirchen will contribute the remaining 350,000 euros (£301,000) in direction of the undertaking.
“With out Ilkay, we’d not have been capable of begin this undertaking,” stated membership chairman Rainer Konietzka.
After Hessler, Gundogan joined Bochum’s academy as a young person, later signing for Nurnberg after which Borussia Dortmund in 2011.
He was Pep Guardiola’s first signing at Metropolis in 2016 however needed to overcome a severe knee damage in his first season on the Etihad.
This yr he completed as Metropolis’s high scorer within the Premier League, scoring 13 objectives as he lifted his third league trophy with the membership.