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Marco Reus will stay at Dortmund if they qualify for Champions League

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Marco Reus will stay at Borussia Dortmund if they qualify for the Champions League next season, according to the club's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The Bundesliga chief is convinced the German playmaker is so committed to his current employers that he'll turn down advances from Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to stay at the Westfalenstadion as long as they can secure their participation in Europe's elite club competition.

Jurgen Klopp's side have endured a disappointing start to the 2014/15 campaign, but crucially remain just nine points behind Hannover 96, who currently occupy fourth place in the table.

The 25-year-old has attracted admiring glances from a host of Premier League suitors, following a number of impressive performances for club and country over the past 12 months. He missed the World Cup in Brazil after picking up an injury during the summer, but has made a successful return to first-team action this term.

Dortmund officials have also grown increasingly uneasy about the €25 million release clause written into Reus's current contract that comes into play next summer, which has given Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers optimism of doing a deal at the end of the season.

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However, Watzke has reassured supporters that the in-demand star's ties to the club should hopefully prevent him from leaving in the same way that Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski both departed over the past couple of seasons.

"The fact is that he strongly identifies himself with the city and with Dortmund in particular," he was quoted by Goal.com telling Ruhr Nachrichten.

"We have quite a lot to bring to the table. But there's no denying that it would be easier for him to stay if we would consistently play European football."

Bayern Munich have also been sniffing around Reus, but he's already indicated a reluctance to cross the divide and move to the Allianz Arena to link up with former team-mates Gotze and Lewandowski in Pep Guardiola's squad.

Franck Ribery was recently asked about the prospect of playing with the Germany international in an interview with Kicker, at which point he intimated that Reus might be better off going to the Premier League due to the strong competition for places in wide areas at Bayern.

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