Gundogan’s comments were played down by Xavi with an internal conversation between the players seemingly resolving the matter.
However, the incident has continued to feature as part of Gundogan’s first few months as a Barcelona player, but he stated there is no personal issue with his teammates in Catalonia.
“I stated my honest opinion, without attacking anyone or anything. Whenever I criticise the team I include myself, I start with myself”, he told an interview with beIN Sports.
“I have enough experience to know how this business works. First I look in the mirror and judge myself, not others.
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“We’re doing better and I see lots of potential and quality. Even if we win 3-4 or 5-0, I will always see things to improve. It’s my mentality, but I never do it with bad intentions.”
The 33-year-old is beginning to force his way into the starting XI on a consistent basis, following a mixed start at Barcelona, with the Atletico game set to be his 14th start in their last 15 matches across all competitions.