After Mario Gotze committed his future to Bayern Munich, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stressed he “consider” a move away.
Though Gotze said on Monday that he was “[looking] forward to the new season in Munich,” the transfer saga is set to continue as Liverpool push for a £20 million deal.
The Reds are reported to have offered the 23-year-old the opportunity to become one of the club’s highest earners, with the possibility of a reunion with former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp always a deciding factor.
But despite having seemingly turned down a move to Merseyside, speaking on Wednesday evening, Rummenigge suggested that Gotze may wish to leave Bayern in search of first-team football.
“We made everything clear to Mario. He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks,” he said.
“Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes.
“I talked to him, also Ancelotti. Mario knows Bayern’s thoughts.
“Maybe he just wants to go into the European Championships without any speculation.”
This serves as a rather damning indictment of Gotze’s future prospects at the Allianz Arena, though Rummenigge’s comments on the attacker’s involvement in Euro 2016 may bear weight.
Gotze is currently with Joachim Low’s Germany squad to take part in a series of warmup fixtures, and is likely to make the final squad for the summer tournament in France.
The prospect of impressing at the Euros and earning a more high-profile move could be an attractive one to Gotze.
With Liverpool having failed to qualify for European football next season, Klopp’s influence would be crucial if he is to persuade Gotze to trade the Bundesliga champions for his Premier League hopefuls.
While it is unlikely Gotze will make the move to Liverpool after publicly shunning their interest, Rummenigge has made it clear that Bayern aren’t set to offer him a key role.
For the sake of his development, Gotze would be wise to move on from Munich this summer.