The 23-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena earlier this summer, with both Manchester United and Arsenal understood to be keen on his services [Daily Star].
Juventus have also been linked to the versatile midfielder as they attempt to fill the hole left by Arturo Vidal [ESPN], who himself swapped Turin for Bayern Munich in a £28 million deal earlier in the summer [Independent].
However, Gotze appears to have moved to quash the transfer speculation by insisting that he is happy with his lot at Bayern.
“From my side, I can say that I’m happy to play here, with these fans, with this club – it’s a fantastic job,” he began, speaking to ZDF Television after Bayern’s victory over Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly [as per the Mirror].
However, despite his encouraging words, the player appears to have left the door open to a potential departure: “I’m very happy with everything around me and with the things that happen here, but there are always two sides to everything.”
Latterly, the player’s agent Volker Struth has also weighted in on the player’s future, reaffirming the player’s rumoured discontent in Bavaria.
“Mario has made it clear that his last two seasons have not been idyllic,” representative Volker Struth began, speaking to Tuttosport [also via the Mirror].
“However, it’s also true that no club has come forward with an offer. Bayern have not ruled out a possible transfer, just as we won’t rule out any possible opportunity, to stay or go abroad.
“There’s still a long way to go until the end of the transfer window, so anything can still happen.”
With the best part of a month to go until the window shuts, there may still be time for Gotze to secure a move away from Bavaria.
The attacking midfielder managed nine goals and two assists in 32 league appearances for Bayern last term, while he also contributed four goals and one assist in 11 outings in the Champions League. He left Borussia Dortmund for Bayern in 2013 as a two-time Bundesliga champion, and has since won the domestic crown a further two times.