Dortmund rule out Goetze return

2015-05-09 21:45
Mario Goetze (AP)

Berlin - Borussia Dortmund have poured cold water on speculation World Cup-winner Mario Goetze is poised to return from Bayern Munich, but they expect Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to leave next month.

The 22-year-old Goetze joined Bayern from Dortmund for 37 million euros ($41.5m) after activating a release clause in his contract which saw his wages jump from a reported five to seven million euros per year.

But in two seasons with the Bavarian giants Goetze has failed to win a regular place in the starting line-up under Pep Guardiola and there have been rumours of a return to Dortmund, which the club have dismissed.

"That's totally unrealistic," Borussia CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told local newspaper WAZ.

"Look at the salary levels of Bayern and Dortmund at a glance and you'll have your answer."

Bayern's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has told Goetze to "grow up" if he wants to succeed at the Bavarian giants having been benched for their 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, second-leg.

"He behaves and moves around on the pitch like a youth player. He just stops moving when he loses a one-on-one," Beckenbauer told Sky.

"He also gives the ball away too easily and he has to work on that.

"He should follow the example of (Barcelona forward) Luis Suarez, he isn't much bigger than Goetze, but is much stronger in challenges."

Having been linked to both Manchester United and Bayern, Gundogan will not extend his contract which expires in June 2016 and Dortmund expect to sell him this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer.

"Our talks came to the conclusion that he won't extend his contract and will leave in the summer," said Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc.

"But that depends on what offers land on my table and until now we have received no offers for Gundogan."

Signed by Dortmund from Nuremberg in 2011, Gundogan was part of the team which won the 2012 Bundesliga and German Cup double, but missed virtually the whole of last season with a back injury.

After seven years in charge, coach Jurgen Klopp will leave Dortmund at the end of the season and will be replaced by ex-Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel.

Klopp insists he has "no list of clubs interested nor contacts to anyone" and will make a decision on his future only after the current season concludes when Dortmund face Wolfsburg in the German Cup final on May 30.

Dortmund plan a week-long Asia tour in the summer when Tuchel will take the 2013 Champions League runners-up to Singapore, Malaysia and Japanese capital Tokyo with their first game in Bahru, Malaysia on July 9.

A friendly against a J-League side is planned in Japan with the opponent still to be finalised.


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