Ilkay Gündoğan has expressed his relief after putting an end to the speculation linking him to clubs around Europe by signing a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund.
The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with Dortmund keeping him at the Bundesliga club until July 2017.
“I am glad that we finally have clarity and I can continue playing football for Borussia Dortmund. I can direct my focus from now on entirely on pre-season,” Gündoğan told Dortmund’s official website.
Gündoğan was closely linked with Barcelona and Bayern Munich but both clubs are reported to have cooled interest in the Germany international.
The 24-year-old was also unable to agree terms with the Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal.
“We are pleased that Ilkay will continue to play for Borussia Dortmund. I am convinced that he will play his part in helping BVB reach its sporting goals,” Sporting director Michael Zorc stated.
Gündoğan rejected previous contract extension talks are reportedly turned down a deal worth €6 million per-season.
The Germany international changed his mind regarding his future following discussions with their newly appointed manager Thomas Tuchel.
Gündoğan wrapped up the season with five assists and three goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.