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Sunday 4 December 2016

Blow as United target Ilkay Gundogan signs Borussia Dortmund extension

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan

louis van Gaal target, Ilkay Gundogan, has signed a two-year contract extension at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund yesterday, ending speculation about his immediate future.

The 24-year-old German midfielder, who has 11 caps, had been on the radar of several top European clubs, and was linked with a move to Manchester United. He has made 80 appearances for Dortmund since joining from FC Nurnberg in 2011 and his new deal ties him to the club until June 2017.

"I am glad that we finally have clarity and I can continue playing for Borussia Dortmund," Gundogan said in a statement on the club's official website. "I can direct my focus from now on entirely on the preparations (for the new season)"

Gundogan was part of the Dortmund side that won the Bundesliga title in 2012 and finished runners up to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League.

"We are pleased that Ilkay will continue to play for Borussia Dortmund," the club's sporting director Michael Zorc added. "I am convinced that he will play his part in BVB reaching its sporting goals."

Ashley Young is set to sign a new contract with Manchester United. The winger was one of the surprise successes under Van Gaal last season, becoming a key figure in the Dutchman's system.

Despite the £25m arrival of Memphis Depay and Angel di Maria's determination to fight for his future at Old Trafford, United's manager was keen to tie Young down to a long-term deal. The 29-year-old is entering the final year of the contract he signed when joining United from Aston Villa in 2011.

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