Bild has reported that Ilkay Gundogan is focusing on his comeback for Borussia Dortmund next month, not leaving the club.
The 23-year-old has been linked with both Premier League sides, ahead of the winter transfer window but the German publication suggests he’s going nowhere when the window opens next month.
Gundogan has been missing from the Dortmund side in recent weeks with a back problem, but Bild reports today that he’s back, fighting to get match fit and his return is imminent for the middle of next month.
“Good news for Dortmund: midfield star Ilkay Gundogan has no more back pain and is finally fit. Jurgen Klopp and Joachim Low cheer – Gundogan comeback in January!” reads the report.
There has been plenty of speculation that the German could be tempted away from Borussia Dortmund with Mario Gotze having already joined Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski likely to sign for the same side next summer.
However, the player himself seems fully committed and focused on his job at Borussia Dortmund this season.
“Of course I'm glad that for the first time in a while was able to train with the team after this difficult time. I hope that the progress continues during the winter break, so I can then return and can fully attack again!” Gundogan told the newspaper.
As things stand there is no pressure on Dortmund to do a deal because the midfielder’s current deal with the club doesn’t expire until the summer of 2015.
Even if the likes of Arsenal and United wait until after the World Cup to make an offer for Gundogan, it will still have to be on the larger side because he’s one of the best midfielders in Europe at the moment.
It’s also important to consider that should Lewandowski join Bayern Munich, that’s likely to cause Dortmund to tense up after the World Cup, with Klopp likely to be unreceptive to the idea of losing more than one key player.
It’s not looking good for Arsene Wenger or David Moyes if they were thinking of testing the water next month.
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