The tenure of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich is at its penultimate stage with the DFB Pokal in Germany set to be the farewell fixture for the Catalan boss.
A new regime under Carlo Ancelotti is about to begin from next season, but there remains uncertainty over key players in the squad that could result in the ouster of some if not many, at the start of 2016-17.
The future of Mario Gotze with the Bavarians is in the limelight, as it is believed Ancelotti has decided to offload him, deeming him surplus to requirements. Could this decision come back to haunt him – a scenario quite similar to that of Mesut Ozil at Real Madrid?
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Ozil was regarded as one of the pivotal members of the Los Blancos, yet the appointment of the Italian manager in 2013, saw him heading for the exit doors at Santiago Bernabeu.
He joined Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and has since been the catalyst of the Gunners’ success in recent history.
Ancelotti admitted after just six months of Ozil’s departure, as claimed by Daily Mirror, that it was a mistake on his part as well as the club to part companies with the German ace, failing to assess the impact he could have had that would have been beneficial to compete with the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Despite signing world-class professionals like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, the calibre of Ozil still has not been recuperated till date.
Gotze proved that he still could be an instrumental part of the Bundesliga champions in the last home game of the season against Hannover last Saturday, where he scored a brace while playing the full 90 minutes, ultimately being adjudged the Man of the Match, as per Goal.com.
Guardiola preferred Douglas Costa and Arjen Robben ahead of the 23-year-old that delivered fruitful results domestically, but failures in Europe in the last three years, surely have dampened the spirits of the Bayern faithful.
Ancelotti must consider the fact that Robben is well past his prime and would not be at Munich for long, hence promoting Gotze up the pecking order competing with Costa for a starting spot.
The World Cup winner is versatile, capable of playing on either wings or a more central playmaking role or as a false nine. Exquisite dribbling skills, impeccable technique, and speed makes him a force to be reckoned with, giving ample depth and dynamics for the incoming boss Ancelotti.
Linked with a move to the English top-flight, reuniting with former boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Gotze could be set for a move away from his homeland this summer, with the fee believed to be around £35million.
Meanwhile, according to ESPN, the German midfielder disclosed that he had a telephonic conversation with the 56-year-old head coach recently, but restrained of saying if there have been any discussions regarding his stay at Allianz Arena.
Gotze is concentrating on representing the German national team at Euro 2016 in France and would only take a call after its conclusion. Pre-season with Die Roten will be crucial in determining where his future lies beyond this term.
But, Ancelotti would undoubtedly have the Ozil situation on the back of his mind and would not want a repeat of it in the form of Mario Gotze this time around.
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