Gundogan focus on Nurnberg
Ilkay Gundogan insists he is focused on performing for Nurnberg despite reported interest from Man Utd.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 17/11/10 12:04pm
Ilkay Gundogan insists he is focused on performing for Nurnberg despite reported interest from Manchester United.
The Germany U21 international has scored four goals in 11 Bundesliga games so far this season, sparking speculation he is being chased by a host of top clubs, including English giants United.
Gundogan does not deny he would like to move on to one of Europe's big clubs eventually.
But the 20-year-old midfielder, who is under contract until June 2012, believes his immediate future will be best served at Nurnberg.
"I admit it is not that easy to play down seeing yourself linked to Manchester United in newspapers, but I feel I am doing OK with that," he told Sportinformationsdienst.
"I am focused on doing well in my games for Nurnberg and do not give that much away on which club is actually looking at me.
"Playing at Nurnberg is a good thing for me to develop further as a player.
"But of course, playing for Manchester United would be a great thing to do one day."
Gundogan began his professional career with Bochum before joining Nurnberg in 2009.
Hoffenheim made a move for Gundogan this summer but Nurnberg refused to sell the midfielder, while Bayer Leverkusen were also keen on his services.