£25m Arsenal and Manchester United target set for crunch contract talks

Arsenal v Dortmund

Manchester United and Arsenal target Ilkay Gundogan has revealed he will settle his future with Borussia Dortmund amidst speculation he is a top target of Real Madrid.

The Bundesliga giants are intent on keeping the 23-year-old midfielder despite interest from the English champions and current Premier League leaders.

"Of course, we are very interested in signing a new contract with Ilkay Gundogan," stated the club’s sporting director and former player Michael Zorc.

"Due to the injury that Ilkay Gundogan is out with at the moment, talks regarding a new deal have stalled, but we are keen to soon resume negotiations on a new contract."

The German midfield ace only arrived at the Westfalenstadion in 2011 and has been in impressive form this season after a taking his team to the Champions League final last term.

Introduced into the senior German national team, he’ll be hopeful of booking his place in the World Cup finals next summer but with his contract expiring in the following summer of 2015, it’s understandable Dortmund are keen to secure his interests for the long term.

The club has been involved in a bitter transfer saga and contract disputes with star striker Roberto Lewandowski who is hotly tipped to move on a free transfer to Bundesliga archrivals Bayern Munich this summer when his contract expires.

The Polish striker’s contract saga could prove to be an example to other players at the club that they will be held to honour the terms of their contracts, whatever the cost to the club in the long term which could be bad news for the Premier League teams keen on luring him to England.

However, English team are not the only suitors for Ilkay Gundogan as recent reports he is a top target of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid have suggested.

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