Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until June 2016.
The German international has been linked to some of the biggest clubs in Europe such as Manchester United and Real Madrid but he has reportedly decided to stay loyal to Dortmund. One reason could be due to the fact that he hasn't played for the club since August due to a persistent back injury which has ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil.
Gundogan told the club's official website: "I am very grateful that my club has given me the opportunity to continue to be part of this special team and this very special environment.
"I will do everything to help my colleagues again soon and I am very optimistic about the coming weeks and months."
Michael Zorc, the sporting director added: "We are very pleased with this deal against the backdrop of the injury-related situation and hope that Ilkay will contribute his full potential in the coming season for BVB."
The 23-year-old will now look to get back fit for the start of next season to help Dortmund win more silverware under manager Jurgen Klopp. Gundogan was a key part of the team which surged to the Champions League final last year, and so fans will be hoping his return will boost the side in what has been a slightly underwhelming campaign.
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