As per the Manchester Evening News, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has criticised recent reports that have painted him in a “bad light” and insists he will decide his future after Germany’s upcoming clash against Gibraltar.
The 24-year-old took to his own personal Facebook page to hit back at accusations he is letting his contract run down in Germany, so that he can land a hefty signing-on fee elsewhere. He stated:
“I want to explain a few things; I have read lately that I made visits here and I reached an agreement there.
“At first I laughed, but then all this put me in a bad light.
“I will decide the future as soon as possible, but only after international duty. And do not call me a mercenary. ”
A reported Manchester United and Barcelona target, Gundogan has just one year left on his Dortmund deal, yet the club confirmed last month that he would leave for a fee this summer.
He managed 23 appearances during the last campaign in the league, but he missed the opening seven outings, as well as the World Cup, due to continuous spinal problems.
His arrival in the second half of the season saw him play a significant role in Dortmund’s mini-revival in the Bundesliga, while he assisted as they reached the DFB-Pokal Cup final.
Gundogan currently finds himself on international duty, ahead of Germany’s Euro 2016 qualification clash against Gibraltar, but recent comments will be sure to excite Manchester United fans.
The versatile midfielder looks set to depart Dortmund this term, and with the Old Trafford outfit the leading favourites to secure his signature (as per Sky Bet), the supporters will be hopeful of an early second summer signing.