Confirmed: Manchester United target signs new Dortmund contract until 2016

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has ended speculation over his future by penning a new contract with Jurgen Klopp's men.

 Gundogan, 23, first impressed as a 19-year-old with Nuremberg back in 2009, and his impressive displays over his two seasons with the club led to a big move in 2011, as he headed to Dortmund to replace Real Madrid-bound Nuri Sahin, who had become a key player at Signal Iduna Park.

But Gundogan not only replaced Sahin admirably, but he even bettered the Turkish international, becoming one of the first names on Klopp's teamsheet as Dortmund once again won the Bundesliga, before making it all the way to the Champions League final last season, where Gundogan's second half penalty levelled the score at 1-1 before Arjen Robben's late winner for Bayern Munich.

The superb displays in the heart of the Dortmund midfield unsurprisingly attracted interest from elsewhere, as the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with moves for the midfielder, but it's Manchester United who have been credited with the most interest in the German international in recent months.

United boss David Moyes needs to strengthen his side this summer after a terrible season at Old Trafford, and one of the primary areas of concern will be the centre of midfield, where £27.5m summer signing Marouane Fellaini has failed to live up to his price tag - triggering interest in Gundogan.

But he will be disappointed to learn that Gundogan has now chose to put an end to the rumours over his future by penning a new contract with the club until 2016, as confirmed by the club on Twitter earlier this evening. It's back to the drawing board for Moyes now, who may choose to focus his attentions on Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos now Gundogan is seemingly off the market.

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