Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan denies exit talk

Ilkay Gundogan

Long-time Arsenal and Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan claims his recent comments about wanting to try for a move to England or Spain were taken out of context.

Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan has denied suggestions that he is trying to engineer a move to the Premier League or La Liga.

Gundogan, 24, returned to Dortmund's first team last month after 14 months out with a chronic back problem, and has since made five total appearances.

Prior to being sidelined, the German midfielder was linked with a move to both Arsenal and Manchester United after a 2012-13 season in which he helped the club reach the final of the Champions League, with Real Madrid also mentioned as potential suitors.

He was reported to have claimed this week that he aspired to join a club in England or Spain, reigniting talk of a possible exit, but has since taken to Facebook to accuse the media of taking his comments out of context.

“I have been following the media with great astonishment, including my ALLEGED statements,"Gundogan wrote via his Facebook page.

"First of all I would like to stress that my statements that have been used are only extracts from a one-hour-long interview and they have furthermore been cited incorrectly.

"As a result I would to make an exception and take a stand on these rumours, simply for clarification.

"I gave this one-hour interview to Turkish TV channel TRT1. In this interview we have a wide variety of topics – from my childhood, my family, my career at different stages, the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke, the atmosphere at Signal Iduna Park, Jurgen Klopp, the German national team, my successful time at BVB, the Champions League final and my injury.

"Under these subjects, I was asked if it was known that almost all of Europe's top clubs had studied my before my injury especially after the Champions League final, with Real Madrid among them. This was followed by the question of why a transfer had not yet happened.

"My answer to this question was clear: there were always requests from different clubs here and there. But it was never an issue for me to go as I have still have goals with Dortmund. And besides, I replied, I have an ongoing contract with Dortmund and the board have not made any indications with regard to selling me.

"I was then asked if moving abroad could be something I would think about.

"Again, my answer was clear.

"If I was to concern myself one day with the topic of moving abroad, then there wouldn't be many clubs that would come into question. At present, it could be England or Spain sometime in my career."

"From these quotes, the current reports are made by taking only excerpts, and these were also misquoted.

"I would like to ask you to ignore these reports. My focus is 100% on Dortmund."

Gundogan has made 87 total appearances for Dortmund since arriving from FC Nurnberg in the summer of 2011, and put pen to paper on a new deal until 2016 in April, with the eight-time capped international now bidding to get his still-promising career back on track.

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