MUNICH, Sporting Alert – Despite featuring in both of Bayern Munich’s Audi Cup starting teams this week, Mario Gotze remains coy about his future with the German champions.
Gotze, who has been linked with Juventus, started and scored in the 3-0 win over AC Milan in the semi-finals of the 2015 International Audi Cup on Tuesday, before featuring in the starting XI again against Real Madrid in the final on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, it is understood the German attacker still wants to be guaranteed more playing time and will meet with his manager Pep Guardiola to see where he stands before making a decision on whether to stay or leave.
Gotze moved to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 with the hopes of becoming a regular for the Bundesliga champions.
However, things have not been going according to plan and the 23-year-old is now thinking about his options.
The attacking midfielder is also becoming more concerned over the number of recruits being brought in by Guardiola to play in his positions – with the newest addition being Douglas Costa, who looked very settled during the Audi Cup and could play ahead of him once the season starts.
“We’ll have to see what happens next,” he said before the Real Madrid clash.
He added on Tuesday: “All will become clear if the coach will talk to me more often.
“I’ll just wait and see, then we’ll also see what happens after. [My future] will also then be revealed.
“The last two years have not been so easy.”
Serie A champions Juventus have shown interest in signing the World Cup winner and he could be the perfect replacement of Arturo Vidal, who joined Bayern Munich earlier this summer.
According to reports, “preliminary talks” have already been held between Bayern Munich and Juventus over Gotze’s purchase, but the attacking midfielder wants to wait before making his decision.
It is thought several German fans haven’t been pleased with the way Guardiola has been treating one of the country’s best talents and would be very disappointed if he was allowed to leave his home.
Reports are also suggesting that Liverpool would be interested in bringing Gotze to Anfield, though a move to the Premier League looks well out of reach at the moment.