Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new two-year contract extension with Borussia Dortmund and puts an end to the endless speculation surrounding his future.
At one stage earlier this summer, strong reports suggested the Turkish midfielder would be on his way to Manchester United but the midfielder will now remain at Dortmund until at least 2017.
The 24-year-old had been the subject of intense speculation after Dortmund insisted Gundogan was going to leave the club this summer but he has instead decided to compromise on a new contract with Dortmund.
Gundogan’s decision to compromise over his wages indicates no club was willing to meet them and forced the German midfielder to reconsider his options.
— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) July 1, 2015
It’s not the first time a player has leveraged interest from United to then go on and sign a new contract and it certainly won’t be the last.
With a move for Gundogan now off the cards, attention from United fans will turn towards Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and whether Ed Woodward can push through a deal this week.
From done deal to no deal, Gundogan’s name can be added to a pile of other players such as Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Bayern Munich’s Dante who have flirted with United, only to then turn their backs and secure themselves a new deal.