The 22-year-old sprang to prominence last season, stepping into the midfield void initially created by the exit of Nuri Sahin, and compounded by Shinji Kagawa’s sale to Manchester United.
He starred in Dortmund’s ill-fated Champions League final against Bayern Munich, and helped the club avenge that painful defeat in their Super Cup win last weekend, scoring a solo golazo in the process (click here to watch it).
At such a young age, Gundogan already seems to possess the same, if not more, attributes than Sahin and Kagawa, and he is seen as a pivotal player in German football as a whole.
With a finely tuned engine, a velveteen touch and a bohemian’s imagination, Gundogan is on a fast track towards superstardom, and it is no surprise that Dortmund are inclined to tie him down for the long-term.
His current deal with Dortmund expires in 2015, and Gundogan’s father and agent suggests moves are afoot to extend it.
"I am keen to ensure he (Ilkay) remains with Borussia Dortmund," Irfan Gundogan told Kicker Sportmagazin.
"He is doing fine so it's a bit early to move to a club in England or Spain at this point in time.
"Borussia Dortmund will be coming up with an offer of a new contract soon. We will be able to oversee things much better then."
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has also confirmed the club’s intentions to retain the classy schemer’s services.
He told Westdweutche Allgermeine Zeitung: "We are keen to sign new terms with Ilkay Gundogan.
"I am able to confirm that we have held talks with his father Irfan and we feel confident he will sign.”