Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested that Mario Gotze should reconsider his future after insisting that he wanted to stay in Bavaria this week.
The 23-year-old told Bild that he was committed to staying at Bayern and looks forward to working with incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti.
As mentioned in the report, both a reunion with former boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool or a switch to Juventus were both possibilities, although the former was seen as a more probable eventuality with speculation long linking the German international with a move to Anfield.
His decision was well received for the most part with various individuals concerned expressing their delight to see Gotze stand up and take control of his career.
However, it doesn’t appear as though it’s a sentiment shared by Rummenigge, who has argued that the club have made it clear that based on previous discussions, Gotze should think about changing his mind.
“We made everything clear to Mario,” he told Kicker. “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. Maybe he just wants to go into the European Championships without any speculation.”
Ultimately, Rummenigge’s comments will now reignite speculation over Gotze’s future and will give strength to suggestions that a move to Liverpool this summer is still a possibility.
Based on his suggestions, Ancelotti doesn’t see Gotze fitting into his plans next season, and so perhaps the German forward will focus on the European Championship in the coming weeks before sorting out his club future.
Having endured a difficult time with injuries and form under Pep Guardiola last season, Gotze sounded motivated to prove his worth to the Bundesliga champions.
However, it now looks unlikely that he will be given the opportunity to do so, and that will certainly alert Klopp to the situation as he looks to continue to bolster his Liverpool squad this summer.