German club Borussia Dortmund have seemingly quashed the transfer plans of some of Europe’s big spenders by insisting star man Marco Reus is not for sale, despite a flurry of interest in the German playmaker.
24-year-old Reus enjoyed another tremendous season under Jurgen Klopp firing 23 goals in his 43 appearances in all competitions helping his team to capture the German Super Cup and take second place in the Bundesliga behind the dominant Bayern Munich.
Such form has caught the eye of the some of Europe’s biggest clubs and has led to speculation over whether Reus would still be at Signal Iduna Park by the start of next season.
Manchester United have been following the progress of Reus over the last few seasons and new coach Louis van Gaal is believed to have made the forward one of his priorities for overhauling the underperforming United squad that he has inherited.
Meanwhile Barcelona were reported to have stolen a march on their competitors in the race to sign the highly rate 24-year-old amid reports that they had secured a verbal agreement to sign jewel in Dortmund’s crown.
Reus was due to be the star turn in Germany’s World Cup effort but an ankle ligament injury obtained in last week’s 6-1 friendly victory over Armenia ended his hopes of participating on the World’s biggest stage, not that that has deterred his suitors any.
Reus’ injury is likely to keep him out for up to six weeks, meaning he would be unable to pass a medical in that time although there would still be around a month of the transfer window left assuming he doesn’t suffer any setbacks on his road to recovery.
Dortmund however, maintain that injury or not there will be no move agreed for Reus, who was crowned Bundesliga player of the season for 2013/14, whom they see as crucial to their plans:
“It's certain that Marco Reus won't be moving on this summer,” Communications director Sascha Fligge said.
“First and foremost, Marco himself said that he definitely wanted to play for Dortmund next season. And, secondly, there would be no point in making an offer because we don't want him to leave."
Whether Dortmund can hold on to such a big talent remains to be seen as it is something they have struggled to avoid in the recent past.
Key players such as Lucas Barrios, Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa have all been lured away from the Westfalenstadion since Klopp’s team rose to prominence again in 2010 when they captured the Bundesliga for the first time in 20 years and this summer sees leading goalscorer and key player Robert Lewandowski leave on a free transfer to join rivals Bayern Munich.
If Dortmund do manage to keep Reus it’s unlikely to be for the long term with some of the biggest names in Europe waiting to capture his signature and the lure of competing regularly for major honours will eventually be a lure too strong for the ambitious 24-year-old.
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