Ilkay Gundogan has suggested that him signing a new deal at Borussia Dortmund does not end his interest in playing in the Premier League one day.
The German midfielder was expected to leave the Westfalenstadion this summer, but has performed a shock U-turn to extend his contract with the Bundesliga giants by a further year.
But Gundogan, who has been linked heavily with Manchester United and Arsenal, was wary about committing to Dortmund for the long term because he would eventually like to embark on a new challenge.
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He told Kicker: “You can always see from two different perspectives: some will say, okay, he has extended, and if he should go next year, the club will therefore still get a lot of money. So it’s all good.
“And others say: Again, it’s only one year.
“Everyone has to form his own opinion – I just want to be honest. I appreciate this wonderful club very much, but my life plan also looks at some time with a new challenge.”
The 24-year-old, who helped Dortmund to the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in 2012-13, has 11 international caps for Germany, but missed their 2014 World Cup triumph due to a serious injury.