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Borussia Dortmund CEO: Ilkay Gundogan will leave the club

by Sam Peoples

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has once again reaffirmed that Ilkay Gundogan is all set to leave the Dortmund this summer amidst heavy speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Recent reports emerging from the German media suggested Gundogan had already agreed personal terms with Man United and other reports intimated United had also agreed a fee with Dortmund for the 24-year-old midfielder.

United manager Louis van Gaal has been pretty vocal about his desire to recruit a right-footed holding midfielder in order to improve the balance of the team and may have zeroed in on Gundogan as the main candidate for that role.

Gundogan confirmed his decision of leaving the club last month and Dortmund CEO Watzke confirmed this news yet again.

“He will leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, there is no question,” he said.

“It was not our wish that he goes but his. We told him we will sell and focus our full plans elsewhere.”

The main concern regarding Gundogan’s recruitment is his past injury record.

The Dortmund midfielder was injured through the course of last season with a severe back problem. Although, he has returned to action this term and cemented his place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

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