Ilkay Gundogan has pleaded with Borussia Dortmund to be patient with him as he makes a decision on his future amid speculation that he could be set for a move to a European giant this summer.
The German international has one year remaining on his deal with last season’s DFB-Pokal finalists and it was announced via the club’s official Twitter account in April that he will not be renewing his deal.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 30, 2015
This led to rumours of a switch to Manchester United in the summer [via Express Sport] as Louis van Gaal looks increase his midfield options at Old Trafford next season and eventually replace veteran Michael Carrick, who will be 34 when the new season begins.
The Red Devils have also considered Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as a long-term solution to the centre of their midfield [Telegraph], while Bastian Schweinsteiger has also been considered by the Dutch manager [via the Daily Mail].
United’s Premier League rivals Arsenal are understood to have held talks with the player’s representatives last month [via Mail Sport] while Barcelona and Bayern Munich have both reportedly pulled out of the race due to Gundogan’s excessive wage demands [via talkSPORT].
However, the 24-year-old took to social media recently and posted a message on his official Facebook page that a deal to leave is yet to be agreed and has not ruled out the possibility of seeing out his final year at the Signal Iduna Park stadium.
Gundogan has battled back from a serious long-term injury to reclaim his place in the starting XI at Dortmund and scored three goals 23 league appearances to show signs he is getting back to his brilliant best.