Mario Gotze has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this month, insisting he will remain at Bayern Munich.
Gotze played under Klopp when they were together at Borussia Dortmund, during reach time he helped them win two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal, and reach the final of the 2013 UEFA Champions League where they lost to Bayern Munich. By this time he had already agreed to move to the Allianz Arena that summer, after his release clause of €37million was met by the Bavarians.
This transfer made the 23-year-old the most expensive German footballer in history, although this record was eclipsed weeks later when Mesut Ozil left Real Madrid for Arsenal. Gotze has won the league title in each of his two seasons with Bayern, as well as a DFB-Pokal, and has etched his name in World Cup folklore by scoring the only goal of the 2014 final against Argentina.
The forward remains under contract in Munich until 2017, but he has in recent days been linked with a move to Liverpool this month, a switch which would seem him reunited with Klopp. However, Gotze has wasted little time in rubbishing such speculation, insisting that he is – at least for now – fully focused on recovering from a groin injury and winning back his place in the Bayern side.
“I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter,” said the German international. “I don’t know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from. I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me. I have six nice months ahead of me. It is always annoying when you cannot play and cannot help the team.”
If Gotze stays at Bayern beyond this season, he will of course next term be working under Carlo Ancelotti who will replace Pep Guardiola. This would be a new start for the former Borussia man, and it is clear he is excited by the possibility of linking up with the Italian: “I have had Klopp, [Joachim] Low and Guardiola as my coaches before. There could be worse coaches than those four.”