Ilkay Gundogan future to be revealed this month

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The future of Ilkay Gundogan will be decided this month, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, with the injury-plagued midfielder having been linked with a transfer to either Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Gundogan is out of contract at the end of next season and, as of yet, has not provided a clear indication that he will extend his stay with Borussia Dortmund. This has led to reported interest from both Real Madrid and Manchester United, although future speculation claims the former have ruled themselves out of this proposed transfer race.

Borussia Dortmund have publicly maintained they want Gundogan to sign a new deal, while there have been contrary reports that the Bundesliga club would consider selling the 23-year-old to Manchester United for a cut-price fee.

But, says Watzke, all will be revealed shortly with the situation of Gundogan to become clear before the end of April. He told Der Westen: “I am under the impression that everyone involved now knows that a decision has to be made this month.

“Let’s see what this decision will be.

He added: “If I had [an idea], I would not tell you.”

Manchester United have been linked with a £25 million bid for Gundogan but, it would appear, David Moyes is more focused on the potential acquisition of Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich to bolster his midfield.

Kroos is reported to have informed friends of a desire to complete a transfer to Old Trafford, while Manchester United are prepared to pay £40 million to sign the player, despite the German having just a year remaining on his Bayern contract.

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