Thomas Tuchel unsure if Ilkay Gundogan will stay at Borussia Dortmund after Txiki Begiristain meeting
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 09/03/16 6:30pm
Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel admits he is unsure whether Ilkay Gundogan will stay at the club following reports linking him with Manchester City.
Pictures emerged in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Wednesday of City technical director Txiki Begiristain meeting Gundogan's agent in a hotel in Amsterdam earlier this week.
Sky sources can confirm Begiristain did hold a meeting with Gundogan's agent, which lasted for around 45 minutes, but it was to talk in general terms about the Germany international and discuss his plans for the future.
Tuchel, speaking at a press conference to preview his side's Europa League clash with Tottenham, said: "Am I convinced that he will stay? I don't really know.
"I can only say that once he has actually signed. I know what we can offer him and if that's enough for him to stay then so be it."
When asked specifically about the photograph, Tuchel said he was not concerned and briefly spoke in English to emphasise this point.
"I'm not disappointed and I'm not convinced," he said.
He added: "I do not understand the excitement about all of this. We are also looking forward to next season. We are planning and we speak to advisers and players - it is part of the everyday job we do."
Gundogan signed a new two-year deal to remain with Dortmund only last summer and that contract includes a £23m buy-out clause.
The Premier League club have not commented on the latest reports