Manchester United’s potential move for Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan has been given a boost as Xabi Alonso has agreed a new two year contract extension with Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old had been linked with a move away from Madrid as it was unclear whether they wanted him to sign a contract extension but he will now be a Madrid player until he as at least 34.
From United’s perspective, that’s great news as if Alonso had left Madrid would have likely placed Gundogan on top of their wish list. In recent years, United have lost out when competing with Madrid for players, so it would be a boost if they weren’t in the picture.
Madrid may still make a move for Gundogan and release Sami Khedira instead. That could also be good news for United as David Moyes made a move for him in the summer and if he was available, it could spark a renewed bid.
Of course, Dortmund have no intention of selling Gundogan and want to get him to sign an extension. He is still not back to full fitness but Dortmund are still hopeful that he will sign a new deal soon and their sport manager Michael Zorc explained to BILD that negotiations would soon be under way.
“For Ilkay it is an important aspect that he first gets better,” he said.
“But we will soon be discussions with the family record, have a very good relationship. ”
Dortmund’s two year dominance in German football has diminished thanks to the return of Bayern Munich who have bought two of Dortmund’s best players in Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski on their way back to the top of the Bundesliga.
They have had a lot of their best players leave through release clauses and sales in the past two years so although they do want Gundogan to stay, history suggests there is a possibility that he may well seek a new club this summer.