SARA GUNDOGAN has admitted she misses Manchester after previously slamming the city’s food scene.
The TV presenter and model now lives in Spain with her husband Ilkay Gundogan after he left Manchester City for Barcelona in the summer.
Gundogan spent seven years with City, making 304 appearances and winning 14 major trophies, including last season’s treble.
He began dating Sara in 2021 before the couple tied the knot a year later and welcomed their first child, son Kais, in March 2023.
Sara is now set to star in Amazon Prime Video’s new series Married To The Game, which follows the lives of football Wags.
Riyad Mahrez’s wife Taylor Ward also features, having gone viral when he shut down her concerns over moving to Saudi Arabia in the trailer.
She has now revealed what life is really like in the country, whilst Sara has herself changed her views on living in Manchester.
During her time in the city, she infamously criticised the food scene, despite City boss Pep Guardiola owning a tapas restaurant called Tast in the area.
Sara wrote on Instagram: « Sorry, I’m sad to be honest but nothing. I tried so bad to find a good restaurant but horrible food everywhere.
« Can’t find a real Italian or good sushi or just fresh food… everything frozen.
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« Restaurants here are focus on making money with drinks and shot like nightclubs, not quality food. Maybe in London but in Manchester nothing. I’m sorry. »
Seven months after relocating to Barcelona, though, she has admitted she came to enjoy life in Manchester.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sara explained: « When I was in Manchester, my whole life was (originally) around football.
« My friends were football, the people I met through my husband, and then I didn’t have anything that was just my world outside of that.
« And I’m a social person. So it took me a bit of time, but I made friends and it was really nice.
« After making friends, I was really happy. I had my own life and routine in Manchester and I have one of my best friends there. »
As for leaving, she added: « Over the years I would see friends moving so it’s something that’s always around in football and you would suddenly just have a phone call from them telling you they’re going to another country.
« So, it’s always around, it’s always happening but I didn’t imagine that it would be us and when it’s you it’s a big shock.
« It’s always sad, especially because you make friends, you’re happy somewhere, you build your life and then you have to leave all the people you love. »
Despite her previous comments, Sara misses Manchester, revealing: « I think it’s really hard to live in England when you are alone in the house and you can’t meet anyone.
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« But when you start to know a bit more about it, how to go around and have friends, I think the place changes completely and you can enjoy it.
« I started to enjoy everything and I kind of miss Manchester now. »