Robert Lewandowski has urged his Bayern Munich team-mate Mario Gotze to forget about rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool and believes the midfielder can play for the Bundesliga outfit for many more years.
Gotze has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola this season and has spent much more time on the bench than on the pitch. With things unlikely to change under the incoming Carlo Ancelotti, he has been tipped to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer.
Naturally, Liverpool were the first to show an interest. With Jurgen Klopp in charge, the Anfield outfit becomes an attractive proposition for the Germany international. Klopp is credited with bringing Gotze through the Borussia Dortmund youth system and turning him into a first-team star.
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Although he eventually forced his way out of Dortmund to move to Bayern Munich in 2013, he has retained a close relationship with Klopp and a reunion on Merseyside seems to suit all parties.
One man it will not suit, however, is Polish striker Lewandowski, who thinks Gotze's career would be best served if he forgets about leaving Bavaria and concentrates on re-establishing himself at the Bundesliga outfit.
Lewandowski said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: “Mario proved during the international break that he is always capable of showing what he can do and that he is a great player.
“He should not be reading what people say about him in the papers. He does not need all the extra pressure. Mario knows how to deal with it, though. He is used to it. It is silly that there is so much talk about him.
“He is a Bayern player and he has plenty of games left until the end of the season to prove that he is good enough for Bayern. He has plenty of time to prove his critics wrong. He should stay at Bayern for a long time because he is a great player.”
Despite what Lewandowski thinks, it seems likely that Gotze will leave Bayern Munich in the summer. The 23-year-old appears to have lost his way after an early rise to the top and needs guidance from the one man he knows he can trust.
Liverpool know that and believe Klopp's presence will give them every chance of landing the man who won Germany the World Cup. Bayern paid £30m for him in 2013 but Liverpool are hopeful of agreeing a deal worth £20m.
According to El Confidencial journalist Kike Marin, talks between the two clubs are already underway.