Ilkay Gundogan to leave Borussia Dortmund

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Ilkay Gundogan will not renew his contract at Borussia Dortmund, which expires next summer.

The 24-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester United during the January transfer window, and now we must wait and see if he will be sold before his contract is up.

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Gundogan was on the German squad for the 2012 Euro Cup, but did not play. A back injury ruled him out of the World Cup team this past summer.

He scored Dortmund’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final.

Manager Jurgen Klopp signed Gundogan from Nuremberg in 2011, and the two have won both the Bundesliga and German Cup together. Earlier this month, Klopp said he would be leaving Dortmund at the season’s end.

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Gundogan has made 25 starts for Dortmund this year but the team has struggled, currently sitting eighth in the Bundesliga following a bumpy start to the season.

If Dortmund does not sell the midfielder before his contact expires next June, he could leave the club on a free transfer. That is highly unlikely however, as Dortmund will surely hope to avoid losing another star for nothing, as they did when Robert Lewandowski walked out for Bayern Munich last summer.