Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan may stay at Borussia Dortmund, according to agent

Gundogan joined Borussia Dortmund from FC Nurnberg in 2011
Image: Ilkay Gundogan: Has been linked with a move to Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan may stay at the club under new coach Thomas Tuchel, according to the player’s agent.

The Germany international said in April he would not be renewing his contract, which runs out next summer, and Manchester United were closing in on a move, according to Sky sources.

"[Staying at Dortmund] is clearly an option again"
Ilhan Gundogan on nephew Ilkay's future

But Gundogan’s agent – and uncle – Ilhan Gundogan, told Sueddeutsche Zeitung the 24-year-old could be set to make a U-turn and commit to the Bundesliga side.             

"This is clearly an option again,” he said.             

"There are several things in favour of Ilkay finding (a way) back to his old level and doing that in a familiar, comfortable environment."             

Gundogan had been out of action for 14 months before returning from a back injury in December last year.           

Head coach Thomas Tuchel of Mainz looks on prior the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Mainz 05 at
Image: Thomas Tuchel: Has replaced Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund

After the departure of coach Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, former Mainz coach Tuchel was appointed as his successor.             

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Ilhan Gundogan said the player had "now been thinking about" a possible stay after hearing Tuchel's plans for next season.             

Dortmund won the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012 and reached the Champions League final in 2013, but endured a difficult campaign last term, finishing seventh and having to settle for Europa League football.

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