Gundogan signs new Dortmund deal

Dortmund, Germany ( - Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan signed a new contract on Tuesday, which will keep him with the Bundesliga club until 2016.

Gundogan, a Germany international, has not featured for Dortmund since August due to a lingering back injury, but will remain at Signal Iduna Park for the next two seasons.

"I am very grateful that my club has given me the opportunity to continue to be part of this special team and this very special environment," Gundogan told the club's official website. "I will do everything to help my colleagues again soon and I am very optimistic about the coming weeks and months."

"We are very pleased with this deal against the backdrop of the injury-related situation and hope that Ilkay will contribute his full potential in the coming season for BVB," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.

Dortmund are currently in second place in the Bundesliga, 17 points behind champions Bayern Munich. They will host Mainz on Saturday hoping for a fourth straight win in league play.