Bayern Munich are utterly perplexed by the stance taken by Mario Gotze, their 23-year-old playmaker whose contract expires at the end of next season.
German publication Kicker interviewed Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge regarding the attacker’s recent statements in which he committed his future to Bayern.
Instead of making the typical comments you’d expect, about how Bayern have high hopes for Gotze’s future, Rummenigge essentially told the player he should leave, as he’s not in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
“We made everything clear to Mario,” he began. “He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks.”
“Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes.”
“I talked to him, also Ancelotti. Mario knows Bayern’s thoughts!” he continued.
“Maybe he just wants to go into the European Championships without any speculation…”
These quotes align with a feature SZ previously published in which they claimed Ancelotti had spoken to Gotze and told him he was surplus to requirements.
Kicker state that Liverpool had all but agreed a €25m transfer, before Gotze split with his agent and scuppered the deal.
It appears, sadly, that the player is just not keen on a Merseyside switch, despite his former mentor Jurgen Klopp making him a top target. Bayern don’t want him, we do, but Gotze is prepared to wait it out until after the Euros in the hope of a better offer, it seems.
If that’s the case, then good riddance to him. As Klopp has mooted, we need players who are willing to push the train, not hop on board when it’s already moving.