Gundogan to stay at Borussia Dortmund
Germany international Ilkay Gundogan has told football magazine kicker he will stay at Borussia Dortmund for at least another year.
Gundogan, 22, said talks to prolong his contract would get under way once he has returned from a holiday. The Germany international midfielder had been linked Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal after an impressive season.
But he said: “I am very, very happy here. We have developed a lot, and I know that it will continue and will even get better.
“I will definitely play for BVB next season. We will see how it will continue after that.”
Dortmund have extended all contracts that expire in the summer except for that of want-away striker Robert Lewandowski, and have now turned their attention to those deals that run out in 2015.
Gundgoan, who joined Dortmund from Nurnberg in 2011, said: “After my return [from holiday] I will discuss everything with my family.” He said his father, Irfan, who is also his agent, would then sit down with club officials to sort out details of the new deal.
He added: “I don’t want to be part of that, but we will decide together. I know what I have at BVB. The club has helped me to mature and to find my way into the national team.”
When he arrived at Dortmund, Gundogan had been seen as a natural replacement for Nuri Sahin, but said: “I wanted to find my feet as Ilkay Gundogan and bring through my way of football. I think I succeeded.
“I have worked hard for the self-confidence to win balls and drive the game up front. Two years ago, I would have shied away from even taking on opponents.”
Gundogan scored Dortmund’s goal from the penalty spot as they lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich at Wembley, and said: “I had wished to be part of a game like that as spectator in the stadium – and then I was on the pitch and playing for the trophy.
“It has never been more emotional. If you are in such a final, you want to win it. My dream lives on. We will work hard to return to the final soon, and then we will win that thing”