Mario Gotze has put Manchester United on alert after stating he's attracted by the club.
The attacking-midfielder recently signed a new contract as the Westfalenstadion that will keep him at Dortmund until 2016, but has spoken of his interest to spread his wings when the time is right.
Gotze told German TV station Sport1: "Clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United are attractive, other top leagues would help me develop.
"But I”m not thinking of that at the moment.
"I’m happy in Dortmund and very happy how things are going. Therefore, it is still a bit away."
On his new contract, he added: “Yes [the contract was a sign he would stay in Dortmund], otherwise I would not be renewed. Then there would have been no reason for it.”
The news will be of keen interest to the major clubs across Europe, who will be keeping tags on Gotze, as he's managed 14 goals and 16 assists this season.
Having already signed Shinji Kagawa from the reigning German champions last summer, United have developed a good relationship with their German counterparts and the subject of Gotze’s availability has no doubt already been breached along with Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels.
Gotze's an attacking-midfielder who prefers to operate behind the striker, but is equally comfortable working from either flank. He also has excellent technical ability, tricky feet and a sharp eye for goal.
The prospect of ‘Gotzinho’, as he’s known by his teammates, arriving at Old Trafford will certainly excite Manchester United supporters and a move to England would seem a more logical step than Spain due to the similarities in the style of football.
Gotze would fit in well at United alongside teammate Kagawa and the likes of Wayne Rooney, adding another genuine match-winner to the fold something United have lacked in since the days of Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez.
It may be a while till Gotze leaves Germany but when he does you can be sure of two things - he won’t come cheap and Manchester United will do everything in their power to make him their man.
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