Date: 2nd December 2022 at 5:45pm
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Germany were eliminated from the World Cup on Thursday despite beating Costa Rica 4-2. 

Japan’s shock 2-1 win over Spain ensured that the 2014 winners were dumped out of the competition at the group stage for the second successive tournament.

Many of Hansi Flick’s players, including the likes of Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, may have now played their final World Cup match, and there has also been rumours surrounding Flick’s future as coach of the national side.

Another player that may not be involved in Germany’s next World Cup campaign is Ilkay Gundogan, who will be 36-years-old by the time the 2026 tournament kicks off.

The Manchester City star hasn’t revealed any plans to retire internationally, but his age will certainly play a part in deciding whether or not he features in 2026.

Meanwhile, Gundogan’s club career has also been the subject of intense speculation.

The German has been linked with a move away from the club in recent months, and it now appears that he is being lined up for a move to Spain.

According to Sport via Football Insider, Barcelona are eyeing a move for Gundogan as they look to replace veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Gundogan and Germany are heading home from Qatar

Busquets, who is part of the Spain squad that secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup earlier this week, is 34-years-old and has been linked with a move to MLS in recent weeks.

Gundogan’s current contract with City is set to expire next summer, and Barcelona are plotting a move.

City boss Pep Guardiola has previously admitted that he would like to tie the player down to a new deal, although Gundogan himself is believed to be keen on leaving the club.

The midfielder joined City from German side Borussia Dortmund back in 2016 and has since made more than 270 appearances for The Citizens.

He has enjoyed huge success during his time in England, winning 11 trophies including four Premier League titles.

The German has also scored 51 goals and provided 35 assists for City, including two goals on the final day of last season as he secured the Premier League title for Guardiola’s side.

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