Dortmund’s CEO Watzke insisted that, except Lewandowski, no player from the starting line-up will leave this season. But is there still hope for Gundogan?
As one club seems to get every player management wants, the other have to fight departures. At least it seems that way among the Bundesliga's top sides.
Bayern Munich, the reigning treble champions, extended David Alaba’s contract – a huge deal for the German team as the defender was linked to several big name clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG. More players will ask themselves ‘Why should I leave?’ and more signings will follow.
Player from Munich’s recent rival’s Borussia Dortmund might ask themselves another question ‘Why shouldn’t I leave?’.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has the great gift to develop talent into world-class and this is ironically Dortmund’s biggest burden. The club from Germany’s Ruhr valley is not at the top of table, where clubs with much more money and charisma like Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are.
It might not be a misguided theory that transfer rumours about Reus and Gundogan fit that scheme.
But today Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insisted that, except Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski, whose contract expires at the end of the season, no player from the starting line-up will leave this season.
He continued by saying that Dortmund managed to made their players stay in the past.
“No one could leave us by contract as well,” Watzke said. Dortmund showed with Lewandowski that they are willing to lose a transfer fee in order to keep a player a little longer.
“Only in the case of Ilkay Gundogan we do not know yet how it will turn out. We would love to extend to him.” But the midfielder, who is linked to Manchester United and Arsenal, hasn’t said anything at his end about extending his contract with Borussia Dortmund.
So apparently Arsenal and Manchester United may cross Marco Reus off their list, but Ilkay Gundogan’s unresolved contract issue could give Premier League teams still some hope.
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