Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund confident of keeping Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan
İlkay Gündoğa set to be offered new deal at Dortmund as the German club look to dispel any interested from Manchester United
Thursday 09 January 2014
Borussia Dortmund remain confident that Manchester United will fail in any bid to sign İlkay Gündoğan and hope the German international will sign a new deal in the coming weeks.
With Robert Lewandowski heading to Bayern Munich in the summer, Dortmund are especially keen not to let another of their prize assets leave.
The German international , however, is out of contract at the end of next season and is yet to agree a new deal with Dortmund.
The Bundesliga club's sporting director Michael Zorc insists their prime concern is getting Gündoğan fit, with the midfielder having been sidelined since August with a back problem.
"For İlkay, the most important thing is that he gets well first," Zorc told Bild. "But we will soon have discussions with him and his family, we have a very good relationship with them."
Last week more volatile quotes emanated from the continent after Zorc pleaded with the 23-year-old to 'understand that BVB needs clarity.'
"Ilkay is of interest to other clubs,” he said.
“The other party needs to understand that BVB needs clarity.
“Our top priority is to find out if there is a willingness to prolong the contract.”
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Juventus midfielder's agent 'holds talks' with Manchester United over £35 million move
Luke Shaw arrives a week early for Manchester United pre-season training after cutting short post-World Cup holiday
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Luis Suarez joins Barcelona: Wilfried Bony, Karim Benzema and the other transfer targets Liverpool should look to replace Suarez with
Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: A history of the third-place play-offs
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’