Ilkay Gundogan has taken to his official Facebook page to comment on growing rumours about his future.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been heavily linked with Manchester United and reports in Germany went as far as to say a deal was effectively done for him to move to Manchester.
However, Gundogan is still yet to complete his exit from Dortmund this summer and felt the need to comment on current reports as he wasn’t happy with the stories that were developing about him in the press.
Writing on his official Facebook page, Gundogan said: “Dear Fans, Normally I don’t express myself in regards to media reports, definitely not through Facebook. At this time, however, I’d like to set a few things straight and achieve greater insight.
“In the previous weeks I have, just like you, kept seeing reports of where and who I hadn’t signed for yet. Today i’m negotiating here, tomorrow i’m getting a medical there.
“At the beginning, I could laugh about it, but once the talk shifted to “Contract Poker ( Read : Playing clubs off against eachother )” and my being a “Ripoff merchant”, I stopped to think.
“After an ominous number appeared in the media yesterday, I’ve decided to say something about this myself. The 2014/15 season isn’t over, strictly speaking, until the 30.06.2015.
“Even though in the whole of europe there have been very few transfers, it has been demanded of me to make a decision as soon as possible with each passing rumour. The whole time, however, lay forgotten that I have one more year left on my contract at Dortmund.
“What’s important to me is this; all of this isn’t a game, or stonewalling. I will do my best to choose a course of action as soon as possible – however, only after the season and after our important European Championship Qualifier with the national team. Until then, your Ilkay.”
It is clear that he is insulted by what is being said in the media and would rather take matters into his own hands which he has done with quite a detailed and in-depth response to rumours. Players don’t usually comment like this on their future amid transfer speculations.
United fans especially will be waiting with baited breath to see where Gundogan has chosen to ply his trade next season. The German midfield dynamo is seen as a potential replacement to Michael Carrick and at the age of just 24, could be a United player for many years to come.