Borussia Dortmund has set an ultimatum for Ilkay Gündogan, as sporting director Michael Zorc told Kicker. The midfielder has time until spring to decide, whether he will prolong his until June 2016 running contract or not. BVB are clearly trying to avoid loosing another top player on a free transfer like Robert Lewandowski last season and would rather sell Gündogan next summer, if the German international snubs a new deal.
Ilkay Gündogan prolonged his contract until 2016 last season, when his injury still had his career in question. The one year extension was hardly a commitment back then and Dortmund fans shouldn’t get their hopes up that one will come now.
Recent years haven’t shown much cause for optimism, as Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski all left the club for desired glory and a bigger paycheck. Hopes are that Gündogan will at least show a tremendous half-series to push up his price tag until summer.
Either way, BVB will be well advised not to wait for Gündogan’s decision, but to already scour the markets for a replacement. Perhaps Kevin Kampl is already one piece of the puzzle, as he is comfortable in central midfield and with Nuri Sahin, Milos Jojic, Oliver Kirch (and eventually even Moritz Leitner) there are options for Dortmund’s ‘no. 8’. Yet it would be foolish to bank on a Gündogan extension.