Weidenfeller urges Gundogan to stay at Dortmund

The in-demand German midfielder still has a lot to learn, according the the BVB shot-stopper, who has his sights set on rejuvenating the club's stuttering season
Roman Weidenfeller has urged team-mate Ilkay Gundogan to stay at Borussia Dortmund and believes a transfer away would be detrimental to his development.

The 23-year-old is a key cog in the Schwarzgelben first-team but has been heavily linked with moves to Europe's top club's after impressing since his transfer from Nurnberg.

However, BVB and Germany goalkeeper Weidenfeller thinks Gundogan's development as a player would suffer if he were to leave Signal Iduna Park in 2014.

"I would advise Gundogan to stay," he told Kicker. "His development is not yet over. There are a lot of challenges he can help us with at Dortmund."

With the Bundesliga winter break coming to an end, Weidenfeller is concentrating on his team's first game of the calendar year on Saturday and hopes to aid the side's attempts to improve upon their current fourth place.

"We are fully prepared going into the game against Augsburg," added the 33-year-old. "It is crucial that we finish in a Champions League place and now we want to start catching up."

Jurgen Klopp's men trail leaders Bayern Munich by 12 points, second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by five points and Borussia Monchengladbach in third by a solitary point.