Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is unsure whether midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will stay at the club, following reports linking him with a move to Manchester City.
Germany international Gundogan, 25, is approaching the final year of his contract at Dortmund, and has been strongly linked with moves to City as well as Barcelona this summer.
But the Blues are thought to be closest to a deal, with the £23million-rated star’s agent – his uncle Ilhan Gundogan – reportedly meeting with City director of football Txiki Begiristain this week, with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf publishing a photograph of the pair in Amsterdam.
This came soon after Begiristain was said to have met up with incoming City manager Pep Guardiola in the Dutch capital.
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.”