Ilkay Gundogan says he attempted to 'make the best' of Pep Guardiola's Champions League final selection which saw him bizarrely return to defensive-midfield.

Manchester City lost their first-ever Champions League final last month 1-0 to Chelsea with Kai Havertz' goal enough to separate the two sides in Porto.

The Blues were well below their best on the night and much of the blame for that was placed at the feet of Guardiola, who once again selected an unpredictable team in the biggest of matches.

Instead of playing either Rodri or Fernandinho in the base of midfield, like he had done for 99 per cent of the matches that won City the Premier League and got them to the final, he selected Gundogan for the position.

The German is no stranger to defensive-midfield and played the role excellently while Fernandninho was injured during the 2018/19 campaign, but he had rarely played there since then and had been one of City's best players in a further advanced position this year - finishing the campaign as top scorer with 17 goals.

Guardiola has come in for criticism for his selection in the aftermath of the defeat and Gundogan has revealed when it became clear that he was planning something outside of the box.

"A few days before the final, it became apparent that there is an special idea in the head of the manager," he said in a press conference on international duty.

"I tried to make the best of it. It should not be.“

Gundogan has been linked with a move to Barcelona this past week, and he hasn't ruled out a move while he prepares for Euro 2020, but City are keen to keep hold of him for at least the length of his existing contract.

The club are not planning on holding talks over a new deal with the 30-year-old this summer as they have no reason to change the existing one, which still has two years to run.