Pep Guardiola has spoken out about the possibility of Mario Gotze leaving Bayern Munich this summer by issuing a hands off warning to any potential suitors looking to sign the reportedly unhappy German international.
Gotze signed from major rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and enjoyed a fantastic first season as a Bayern player, also scoring the winning goal in last year's World Cup final against Argentina.
However, reports are now emerging as Guardiola tries to rebuild his Bayern side that Gotze is not content with life at Bayern.
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Liverpool are reportedly interested in the player, with Brendan Rodgers aggressive ethos in the transfer market continuing, as well as Manchester United being linked with the midfielder. Papers have even claimed that Bastian Schweinsteiger has been in contact with his fellow German.
The speculation has certainly caught the attention of the Bayern boss Guardiola, with the former Barca manager quick to nip any rumours in the bud early on by saying that the player is quite simply not for sale, as per ESPN.
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Speaking at a news conference ahead of Bayern's pre season clash with Inter Milan, Guardiola wanted to make it clear that Mario Gotze had a part to play in the new look Bayern midfield.
"In my mind, he is going to be a Bayern Munich player all season. He has a contract here, he is a great player, and he is my player too," the Spaniard said.
The topic came back to the forefront of Bayern's preseason press conference amidst confirmation that Bayern had furthered strengthened in midfield with the capture of Arturo Vidal from Juventus, triggering reports that Gotze was keen to move the other way.
"He's a top player, but I know that it's not only the coach who decides here. It depends on the club.''
The capture of Douglas Costa and the arrival of Vidal, coupled with the departure of Bastian Schweinsteiger, shows the big change that Guardiola is trying to make at Bayern following a disappointing display in the Champions League and a poor end to the season.
Gotze lookrf set to be another tragedy of the Guardiola rebuild, often criticised for being too lightweight and injury prone, but the ex-Barcelona man is insistent that the midfielder is going to be a part of his plans and is not ready to let the €37million play-maker leave anytime soon.
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