Bayern’s Gotze hints at Liverpool talk

Munich, Jan 9 (IANS) German football star Mario Gotze has fuelled speculation about a reunion with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp by admitting he could leave Bayern Munich this summer.

Liverpool boss Klopp was in-charge of Borussia Dortmund when Gotze came through the ranks to emerge as one of Germany’s top attacking talents. Gotze left for Bayern in 2013 and went on to score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.

His current contract has 18 months to run but the 23-year-old said his future is uncertain in the wake of Carlo Ancelotti replacing Pep Guardiola at the end of the season as his admiration for Klopp remains.

“I know Jurgen Klopp well. I’ve worked under him. He is a very good coach, definitely. It’s all open, how to proceed after the season. I have a contract until 2017, but of course, it is important how the new coach feels about me,” Gotze, who is out injured since October, was quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild on Friday.

“I have not really given my future much thought recently because of my injury, but everything is open as things stand. It all depends on the plans of the club and the new coach.”

Meanwhile, Bayern’s sporting director Matthias Sammer recently dismissed talk of Gotze moving to Anfield as “idiocy”.

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