Incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is believed to have told Mario Gotze he would remain in a bit-part role with the Bundesliga club next season.
Ancelotti is set to take over from the departing Pep Guardiola this summer, and has already looked to flesh out his squad with the signings of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches.
The arrival of Sanches could increase the competition for places in Bayern’s starting midfield, potentially leaving Gotze lower down the pecking order.
Gotze has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool ahead of 2016/17, with the Reds believed to be pursuing a deal worth up to £20 million for the 23-year-old.
This would reunited Gotze with his former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, though Dortmund are also said to be interested in re-signing the player who shone for three-and-a-half years at the Westfalenstadion before making the switch to Munich in 2013.
As Ancelotti runs the rule over his Bayern squad for next season, German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung claim that the Italian has informed Gotze of his plans.
Ancelotti is said to have told the midfielder that he “could not promise him another role at Bayern than that which it occupies at the moment.”
Furthermore, Gotze was believed to have been advised to “change clubs” in order to further his career.
This could be a major boost to Liverpool, with Gotze previously stressing that he would talk to Ancelotti before deciding on his future.
The new Bayern manager has seemingly forced his hand, and now the Reds should move quickly to secure the signature of a World Cup winner who would slot in perfectly within Klopp’s attack.