Respected German journalist Raphael Honigstein has told ESPN that he reckons Mario Gotze would be foolish to return to former club Borussia Dortmund – who have been credited with an interest.
The brilliant playmaker, still just 23, transferred from Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2013 for big money, but despite scoring the winner in a World Cup Final – has yet to fulfil his potential.
As a result of the fact Bayern have yet to renew his deal, which expires at the end of next season, Liverpool are considering a summer move for the star.
And Honigstein thinks we’d be a better option for Gotze, as Dortmund fans may not forgive him for during their arch rivals in the first place.
“I think Borussia Dortmund were thinking about signing him back, but he should move to a different country,” Honigstein began.
“Going back to Dortmund could be hugely problematic for Gotze, and I think the fans will take it badly, because of the way he left.
“I think it’d be easier for him to resurrect his career at a club like Liverpool or even Manchester City, but I don’t think Manchester City will go for him under Pep Guardiola.
“I think he needs a new start. Bayern, recently, renewed a lot of player’s contracts, but they didn’t say anything to Gotze. I doubt if they want him to stay, it’s a strong signal, and I think they want to offload him.”
Today, Gotze’s club teammate Thomas Muller also stoked the fire by claiming the attacking midfielder wasn’t content in Bavaria.
“I speak with Mario and think he is not 100 per cent satisfied with his situation at Bayern,” Muller told a news conference, reported by AOL.
“I am not Mario’s agent, so I am not going to speak about his future.”
(Err.. Sorry Thomas – you just did!)
When club and international team-mates are saying you’re not happy, a summer transfer seems inevitable. It’s now Liverpool’s job to make sure Gotze ends up at Anfield and not to a rival – especially a Premier League one.
Arsenal are also monitoring Gotze’s situation, so says the Independent, and have Germans in the playing staff such as Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker to sway a deal. Plus, there’s that irritating ‘London’ effect, which cost us with Alexis Sanchez.
It may weigh down to which Germans (we have Klopp), prove a bigger pull. He’d walk into the starting XIs of both.
The thought of Gotze linking up with Coutinho and Roberto Firmino behind Daniel Sturridge is mouthwatering, but at this point – only fantasy.