PHOTO: Gundogan in great shape ahead of new season

Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester United linked Ilkay Gundogan looks in great shape ahead of the new Bundesliga season.

Manchester United linked Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is continuing his return from a troublesome back injury ahead of a huge season for him and the club.

Gundogan has been pictured training alone with one of BVB’s many members of staff as he looks to get back to competitive action, with Dortmund’s Bundesliga campaign set to start this weekend with a match against Bayer Leverkusen.

BVB boss Jurgen Klopp urged his side to show the midfielder a huge leap of faith when they offered him an extension to his contract (which expires in 2016) to give him the incentive to get fit and to feature this season.

Gundogan’s back problem prevented him from having any significant impact on the side last season and while it’s encouraging to see him looking in good shape, having lost a great deal of weight, the game against Leverkusen this Saturday may come a little too soon.

He’ll be closer to a return to competitive action when he trains hard with the rest of the squad and no doubt, the links to Manchester United will fire up once again when that happens.

United could be in a great position to try and sign him next summer, but it’s important for Gundogan and his career that he gets back in action sooner rather than later.

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