Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted that Spanish giants Real Madrid don't have first refusal on German winger Marco Reus, reports Goal.com.
The winger, who is currently out on the sidelines with an ankle injury, has been tipped to leave Dortmund in 2015, with it being suggested that Carlo Ancelotti's European champions Real Madrid were close to landing the player's signature, however it now appears that he could yet be on the move elsewhere.
Where will he go?
Watzke has insisted that Reus will ultimately decide which club he will end up at, as a departure from Dortmund is seemingly inevitable.
"It's complete rubbish that there is any kind of right of first refusal [for Madrid]," the BVB official is quoted as saying by Bild.
"Marco alone will decide where he will go. What would we do if he activated his clause?"
There's no doubt about it, then, a number of the Premier League's elite clubs will be interested in these comments from Watzke, with a number of clubs reportedly interested in the German star.
In fact, as many as five of England's elite clubs have been credited with interest in the winger, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all reportedly in the running to bring the player to the Premier League.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the likes of Manchester United and Co. step up their interest in Reus in the near future, but he'd certainly prove quite the coup for any of the clubs in the summer transfer window.
Reus, though, is seemingly intent on getting back to full fitness, as he recently revealed that he's concentrating on getting back on the pitch.
"I'm now putting everything I have into my rehabilitation," he told Sport Bild. "You can disregard everything else!
"In the circumstances, things are going well. I have daily treatment and plan to be back on the field in January. I am once again focused on my comeback."
And, there's no doubt about it, Dortmund could do with Reus returning too as the club are currently sitting bottom of the Bundesliga.
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