Ilkay Gündogan said in April that he will not be renewing his contract at Dortmund with his current contract expiring in 2016. He was reportedly in talks with Manchester United and Bayern Munich about a possible transfer this summer.
The latest developments in the player’s situation at Dortmund could take a potential U-turn to stay at the German club or even he may sign a contract extension.
However, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said last week that they were keeping an open mind on the Germany international's future, and the club's CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has now told Suddeutsche Zeitung: "There is a certain chance that Gundogan will renew his contract at BVB."
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The newspaper also spoke to Ilkay Gundogan's uncle and agent, Ilhan, about the prospect of the midfielder prolonging his deal.
"If you had asked me last week I would have said that Ilkay will certainly leave Dortmund this summer, but now it is clearly an option to sign a new contract at Borussia," Ilhan Gundogan said, while confirming that his nephew had held a long phone conversation with new Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel. "This was a very good discussion," he added. "Tuchel's plans for Borussia are so exciting that Ilkay is pondering them at the moment."
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Reports went on to suggest that a deal between Gündogan and Bayern Munich had come to a stop because the midfielders wage demand was too high. The 24-year-old had already played down those suggestions and his uncle has now said: "We did not talk to Bayern about money at all. There was no wage demand from our side. We are in no position to make any demands at a club like Bayern Munich."
Who knows what happened between Gündogan and Bayern. Suddeutsche reports that there might be
another reason Bayern dropped out. The report said that Bayern had suggested to Gundogan that he should stay at Dortmund to see out his contract and join them on a free transfer in 2016. Just like what Bayern did when they signed Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund.
Ilhan Gundogan, though, said: "We would have never done that. There was no question about Dortmund deserving a transfer fee as a token of gratitude."
Gündogan renewed his contract in 2014 with Dortmund when it was uncertain whether he would ever recover from the back injury that kept him out of action for up to 14 months. The midfielder has still yet to recover his best form since returning to action in October, and his uncle said: "It might be easier for Ilkay to reach his old level in a pleasant environment that he already knows."