Manchester United Face Fight To Sign Coveted Defensive Midfielder

German has played only one league match all campaign long due to injury. 

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Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are preparing to offer highly rated holding midfielder Ilkay Gundogan a new contract in order to ward off interest in the player from Premier League champions Manchester United, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The coveted Germany international’s current deal only runs until June 30 2015, with recent reports in the English press suggesting that new Red Devils head coach David Moyes was lining up a bid for Gundogan now that the January transfer window had finally reopened for business for the year.

However, Dortmund have since responded to those rumours by announcing that they will soon be sitting down with the 23-year-old to discuss the defensive midfielder putting pen to paper on a contract extension to keep him in the Ruhr Valley beyond next year.

“For Ilkay, the most important thing is that he gets well first,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, with Gundogan having so far been restricted to only three matches in total for the Germans so far this season after suffering a long-term back injury in August.

“But we will soon have discussions with him and his family. We have a very good relationship with them.”



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