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Borussia Dortmund’s ultimatum for Ilkay Gundogan

by Richard Laverty

Borussia Dortmund have told their midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to sign a new contract or leave the club this summer.

Gundogan, who has been somewhat of a forgotten man at the Bundesliga club due to lengthy absences will see his contract run out in 2016 and his club are keen to avoid a repeat of what happened with Robert Lewandowski.

The report in German newspaper Bild suggests the club are also keen to know about Gundogan’s future given they want to keep as many of their players as possible.

With Lewandowski following Mario Goetze out of the door and Marco Reus also set to leave, Dortmund will want to keep hold of Gundogan.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with Manchester United in the past but Dortmund will also be worried about the prospects of their captain, Mats Hummels leaving in the next few months.

Whilst a club of Dortmund’s stature compared to some of the European giants was always going to be susceptible to losing its key players, a drop down the table this season has seen a dramatic rise in rumours saying key players could leave this month.

Come the summer, Gundogan will have just a year on his contract and it appears the club would rather cash in if the midfielder isn’t willing to sign a new contract going into next season.

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