gundogan
(L) of Germany and of Saudi Arabia battle for the ball during the International Friendly match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at BayArena on June 8, 2018 in Leverkusen, Germany.

A recent meeting with the current Turkish president Erdogan has turned into a reason many of Germany’s fans to criticize the player, but he is determined to not pay attention to them.

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insisted he is still grateful to play for Germany, even though he has been booed by fans in his latest appearances. He was whistled when he came off the bench in the eventual 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday and this is not the only such welcome he received – it was the same in the shocking loss to Austria in the week before.

Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of whom have Turkish roots, have been heavily criticized due to their recent meeting in London with the controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite this, both Joachim Low and Mats Hummels have stepped up for their teammates.

“Last game before the World Cup, and still grateful to play for this country,” was Gundogan’s comment on the issue, according to Goal.