Manchester United might see their pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan end in disappointment, with Dortmund’s CEO, Hanz-Joachim Watzke, having hinted that the midfielder may commit to a new deal at the club.
The Germany international has been a reported target for the Red Devils in recent months, with Sky Sports having even gone as far as to say that a deal was virtually agreed for the 24-year-old in April.
Such claims had been backed up by Dortmund’s own confession that their pass-master would be heading for pastures new this summer, with his contract due to expire in around 12 months’ time.
However, Watzke has suggested that a dramatic U-turn from Gundogan may be on the cards, with a contract extension no longer impossible:
“Maybe there is still a chance that he has a rethink,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“We are in talks and Ilkay is a decent lad.”
Gundogan has been mooted as a potential successor for veteran Old Trafford midfielder Michael Carrick, who will be 34 next month and has struggled with injury issues.