Manchester United have been hit in their pursuit of a Borussia Dortmund player for the second time in a week.
Mario Gotze has said he wants to spend the rest of his career at Borussia Dortmund meaning he follows Sven Bender in committing his future to the German champions.
Gotze has been a long term target for Manchester United with reports before the New Year that the Old Trafford club would try and trigger his release clause of around £30 million.
However, Gotze recently told a German newspaper that he could see himself playing at the German club for the rest of his career, stating no specific desire to go to any other European team.
“I can imagine that. I grew in Dortmund and I feel very comfortable here. I know the city well. My friends and family are here. First, my contract runs until 2016. There is no reason to think about something else,” Gotze told German newspaper Der Westen.
It means United may have to switch their focus yet again in their pursuit of an attacking midfield player. It’s a double blow to United because Gotze is also rated as one of the best young strikers in Germany.
There are plenty of options on the table for United but it rules out the chance of any side putting in a bid for the Dortmund superstar.
Manchester City had also been linked with a mega bid for Gotze and were reportedly ready to make him one of the best paid young players in Europe.
It may also be the case that Gotze does not want to risk his international career by moving away from Germany where he is quickly creating a brilliant reputation for himself.
He has already played 20 times for the German national team which leads to the suggestion of why he would want to risk that by moving outside of the Bundesliga.
Dortmund is also notorious for having one of the most passionate sets of supporters in the world. The atmosphere at each home game can be addictive just for those watching from the outside.
He’s stated no desire to leave the club and the initial reaction based on his comments is that he will extend his contract beyond 2016 before he even contemplates a move away.
Even while Dortmund are struggling to keep up with Bayern Munich, he seems perfectly content.
Should United maintain their pursuit of Gotze?
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