Wednesday 26 October 2016

Mario Gotze rules out Liverpool move following rumours of €50m Reds switch

Published 09/01/2016 | 14:14

Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze has ruled out joining Liverpool this month, but he has urged his former boss Jurgen Klopp to make a move for him next summer.

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Klopp and Gotze enjoyed a successful working relationship during their time together at Borussia Dortmund, with the striker who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final strongly linked with a move to Anfield in recent days.

While he has insisted a move this month is out of the question, Gotze has appeared to open the door to a move to Liverpool at some point in 2016, as he spoke to reporters at Bayern’s winter training camp in Doha.

“I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter,” stated Gotze. “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.”

Gotze is currently battling back to fitness following a spell in the treatment room, with his lack of game time at Bayern since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 fuelling the suspicion that he may move on next summer.

He helped to promote the notion that Liverpool could be his next destination with these comments.

“I know Jurgen Klopp well,” he told Bild. “I’ve worked under him. He is a very good coach.

“It’s all open, how to proceed after the season. I have a contract until 2017, but of course, it is important how the new coach feels about me.

“I have not really given my future much thought recently because of my injury, but everything is open as things stand. It all depends on the plans of the club and the new coach.”

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