English Premiership

Dortmund star open to UK move

2014-11-25 15:14
Ilkay Gundogan (Supplied)

Cape Town - Dortmund star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan confirmed his interest in playing "for one of the big teams in England".

Gundogan rose to stardom as part of Dortmund's Bundesliga winning side of 2012 but has been hampered by a string of back injuries since then. 

The 24-year-old central midfield player made just three appearances last season for Jurgen Klopp's side but has continued to be linked with a number of high-profile clubs across Europe.

Gundogan has now opened up on his future plans and also revealed that Dortmund snubbed an offer from Real Madrid for his services.

"Real Madrid made an offer for me but my club refused it," the midfielder was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.

"At the time I had two more seasons on my contract. But also, my injury wrecked everything. I couldn't play for 14 months.

"Now I want to look forward and make up for lost time with sporting success.

"Playing outside Germany is one of my big goals. If one day I leave here, I'd like to play in Spain or for one of the big teams in England."

Gundogan has been capped at every age group level for Germany as well as eight times for the senior side.

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