Dortmund chief denies bid for Arsenal target

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Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has denied Real Madrid have made a bid for Arsenal target Mario Gotze.

The 19-year-old German is attracting plenty of interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs as he continues to star for both club and country.

Gotze is reportedly being pursued by Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger alleged to have made an approach to bring the midfielder to the Emirates Stadium on deadline deadline day.

However, the Arsenal boss failed in his attempt to sign Gotze, and instead settled for Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun in terms on midfield reinforcements.

Real, meanwhile, have also been credited with an offer for the playmaker, but a clearly irritated Watzke as dismissed these suggestions.

"Firstly, there is no offer from Real Madrid," he told Express. "Secondly, it is quite clear that Mario is not for sale. For these reasons, this is a trivial discussion."


Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc has also sarcastically condemned the Real reports, although gave the likes of Arsenal hope that Gotze will eventually be sold.

"I am not to say Mario Gotze is not for sale," he explained. "I am not using this sort of term in this respect.

"The past has shown you should not use this term in football. Anyway, if Real Madrid are keen on Mario Gotze, we will now start monitoring Cristiano Ronaldo!"

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