It seemed as if Bayern Munich were almost taken aback after Mario Gotze confirmed his desire to stay at the Allianz Arena and fight for his place in the first team earlier this summer.
The club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge even urged the attacking midfielder, who famously scored the winning goal for Germany against Argentina at the 2014 World Cup final, to reconsider his plans.
Rummenigge hinted that Gotze would continue to spend time on the Bayern bench, despite the fact Carlo Ancelotti has replaced Pep Guardiola this summer. And it appears that the World Cup winner has now accepted that it’s in his best interests to leave the Allianz Arena.
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This is according to German publication Bild, who understand Gotze has informed Bayern that he no longer has any desire to stay with the German champions for the 2016-17 campaign.
Moreover, Gotze has reportedly made his feelings known to his club teammates during the European Championships.
Liverpool, Tottenham and BVB have been linked
Liverpool were strongly linked with the 24-year-old several weeks back - Gotze played under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and still has a good relationship with the German coach - but Bild have reported that Tottenham are now right in the mix to sign the technically-gifted playmaker.
Borussia Dortmund reportedly have little interest in bringing Gotze back to Signal Iduna Park, so a move to White Hart Lane appears to be a distinct possibility.
But one suspects the situation would change rapidly if Klopp picks up the phone and gets in contact with his former player.
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