Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze had ruled out a move to Liverpool this month, but has left the door open for a possible move to Anfield in the future, reports Sky Sports.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp worked with Gotze during their time at Borussia Dortmund before he left for Bundesliga rivals Bayern in 2013, but the midfielder has played down rumours of a reunion with his former boss this month:
I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter. I don’t know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from.
with just 18 months left on his current contract, Gotze claims he hasn’t heard anything regarding rumours of a move to Liverpool, but has no problems with a potential approach for him should Klopp want to sign him:
I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me.
Gotze has been injured since October, but is looking forward to the second half of the season:
I have six nice months ahead of me. It is always annoying when you cannot play and cannot help the team.
It is only normal that you think about things like that. But you have to look at the positives and build on those.
The World Cup winner has had a tough time since his move to Bayern. Despite domestic success at the Allianz Arena, which has included two Bundesliga titles, he’s endured an indifferent relationship with manager Pep Guardiola, and there’s been constant speculation regarding his future.
However with Carlo Ancelotti set to replace Guardiola at the end of the season, the Germans plans may be different come the Summer:
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.
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.