LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Borussia Dortmund have told Barclays Premier League side Liverpool and Arsenal that they are both not good enough attract the attention of the club’s star player Mario Gotze.
Both clubs are looking to add world class talents to their roster in January and in the summer and Gotze is high on their priority list.
However, Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said Arsenal and Liverpool were not in positions to win silverwares in the near future – adding that the German midfielder stands a better chance of picking up more honours at the Bundesliga club.
“Mario has said that he has no intention of leaving the club in the foreseeable future and his representatives have said the same. And we will not let go of him,” Watzke was quoted as telling Sport Bild.
He taunted the Reds and Gunners: “How many teams are there really that would be a step up for him?
“Liverpool or Arsenal? I’m sorry, but when will they win a title again? Not anytime soon.”
Manchester United, who signed Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa this past summer and was also linked with a move for Robert Lewandowski – was said to be interested in Gotze as well, but reports on the topic have long been cooled off.
Borussia Dortmund brilliantly survived the Champions League “Group of Death” – with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax – to top the group and stunned the pundits.
They now will be hoping to go even further in the tournament, as well as trying their best to stay in contention for the domestic title, although Bayern Munich doesn’t look like an easy catch with their run of form at the top of the tables.