Mario Gotze would benefit from leaving Bayern Munich, according to Germany coach Joachim Low.
The 23-year-old’s transfer saga looks set to continue through the summer, but as he enters the final year of his contract at Bayern it appears increasingly likely that the German international will move on.
Liverpool are strongly rumoured to be interested in Gotze’s signature, and now his national team coach has weighed in on the argument, claiming that the young playmaker would be re-energised by a move to a club that appreciates his talents more fully than Bayern.
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"In general, I would say that a transfer can release new energy," Low told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, as per Sky Sports. "A new environment, new surroundings, new motivations.
"Just look at how Toni Kroos has come on. He was a top player at Bayern already, but he has taken another leap in Madrid. He needs a coach who desperately wants him in his team, but that is not in any way a criticism of Bayern or of Pep Guardiola."
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Gotze will spend the summer with Low at the European Championships in France, and as a young player with a tough decision to make, Low’s advice will most likely hold sway.
Bayern are believed to be keen on keeping Gotze at the club, although it seems increasingly likely that the former Dortmund man will choose to leave, having spent so much of the season on the bench.
Gotze scored a brace in the final match of the Bundesliga season last weekend, his first goals since October last year. A muscular injury had kept him out for four months of the campaign, although since returning to full fitness, his first team opportunities have remained few and far between.
Considering Gotze was one of the world’s most highly respected playmakers upon joining the club in 2013, few could argue that his career has not stalled in Munich. He has failed to hold down a regular place in any of his three seasons at the club and did not start any of the six Champions League semi-final matches under Guardiola.
Low, on the other hand, has always stood by the player who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.
Chelsea and Juventus have been linked with Gotze in the past, but one would assume that Low will encourage him to sign for Liverpool, where his old manager Jurgen Klopp will build his team around him.
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