Mario Gotze has committed his future to Bayern Munich, but he might have expected a slightly different reaction from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bayern’s CEO has expressed his surprise with the attacking midfielder’s latest decision and, according to ESPN, has urged the World Cup winner to reconsider his plans.
Rummenigge hinted that if Gotze stays at the Allianz Arena, he will continue to spend time on the subs’ bench - despite the fact Pep Guardiola is being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti this summer.
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"We made everything clear to Mario," Rummenigge was quoted as telling German publication Kicker. "He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks.
"Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes."
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Gotze's decision influenced by Euro 2016?
Rummenigge believes that Gotze’s decision to stay at Bayern may have been influenced by the upcoming European Championships in France.
By committing himself to his current employers, Gotze may have felt such a move would convince Joachim Low that he was fully focused on Euro 2016.
"I talked to him, also Ancelotti. Mario knows Bayern's thoughts," Rummenigge added. "Maybe he just wants to go into the European Championships without any speculation."
Joachim Low backs Gotze's decision
Low, however, has backed Gotze’s decision to stay with the Bundesliga champions, amid intense speculation linking the player with a move to Liverpool.
“I’ve been in constant contact with Mario and he’s kept me informed all the time,” the Germany boss was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s had a long talk with Ancelotti and I think a few falsities were said about that, but a coach can never give a guarantee and he told Mario that everybody starts from scratch from the start of the season under him.
“Mario has had offers, but I always felt he is in Munich with his heart and he wants to prove himself there.
“He told me he wants to stay in Munich and take his chance with the new coach and I think that’s a fine decision because it’s what his feeling tells him to do, so it’s the right decision for him.”
Fresh hope for Liverpool?
Gotze switched agents earlier this week and is now represented by Munich-based agent Prof. Dr. Peter Duvinage as well as his family.
It’s understood that a €25 million transfer to Anfield had been agreed by his former representatives Sports Total but the move collapsed after he switched agents.
However, if he feels Bayern Munich are trying to force him out of the Allianz Arena, there’s still a chance a summer move to Liverpool could go through.
Liverpool fans: do you want Mario Gotze, even though he wants to stay at Bayern? Have your say by leaving a comment below.