Ilkay Gundogan has probably had the worst season of his career in Germany as he battles against a back problem in a year where he may see his World Cup place slip away and where Bayern Munich have extended the gap between themselves and Borussia Dortmund.
German newspaper Bild reports that the £25 million rated Manchester United target has now been injured for a total of 204 days and comments from German coach Joachim Loew suggest he’s started to become mentally affected by the nerve problem.
“I had some conversations with him – his response was partially positive – we’re a bit stumped at the moment. I still hope for him – whether he’ll eventually make a few games this season I don’t know at the moment,” Loew is quoted by Bild.
The cause of the troublesome injury is what Bild calls ‘nerve root problems’ which unfortunately for the player are not a quick and easy problem to fix.
His World Cup chances are hanging from a thread at the moment because the German national squad is graced with midfielders who can play through the heart of the team in his position.
“This is a tough phase. The toughest of my career so far. For me it is very important: I see light at the end of the tunnel,” said the player.
Borussia Dortmund have also moved on to a certain extent because they’ve had no choice and Jurgen Klopp has had no option but to find different midfield options.
Whether his injury causes BVB to turn their back on him, paving the way for a move to Manchester United is doubtful because Klopp is a very protective manager when it comes to his higher profile stars.
However, the report ends by commenting on the interest from the likes of United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
If BVB can get £25-30 million for a player who has barely played any part in their season then it’s a lucrative bidding war which will be difficult to resist.
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