English Premiership

Gundogan clarifies his position

2015-06-13 14:50
Ilkay Gundogan (Supplied)

Cape Town - Germany and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has taken to Facebook to dismiss rumours that his next destination has been decided.

The 24-year-old midfielder is set to leave Dortmund in the summer after failing to agree terms with the club over a contract extension.

Barcelona and Manchester United have both been tipped to have won the race for his signature but the player himself has now clarified his current position.

Gundogan posted on Facebook: 

"Normally I do not address media reports, especially not on Facebook. I want to this time to explain some things and give you a better insight," he said.

"In recent weeks, I, like you, read again and again that where I was signing was already agreed.

"Today I am in contract negotiations here, tomorrow I'm having a medical check there. At first I could still smile about it, but when there was talk of "contract poker" and "rip-off", that painted me in a bad light.

"Yesterday an ominous number [regarding wage demands] appeared in the media and so I have now decided to say something about it.

"The 2014/15 season strictly speaking only ends on June 30 2015.

"Although so far there have hardly been any transfers completed in Europe, rumour to rumour I was supposed to have demanded more and more, putting off making a final decision.

"Forgotten was this: I have one more year on my contract with BVB.

"What is important to me is that I'm not gambling financially or using delaying tactics.

"What's next for me personally, I will reveal as soon as possible. But only after the season and our important game for the European Championship qualifier with the national team will I decide."

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