Should Mario Gotze worry about joining Manchester City?

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There is a reason Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze could be put off from joining Manchester City in the summer.

Mario Gotze is one of the most talented play makers in European football at the moment and if you believe what you read, Manchester City are ready to pay big to get him this summer.

Gotze is a 20-year-old who has been creating headlines on an almost weekly basis over in Germany, which has led to the dramatic transformation of his profile in a big way.

A move to City would be very positive for him but it’s an age related reason as to why he may decide against it and possibly opt for one of the club’s biggest rivals.

City have splashed the cash freely over the last few seasons, signing young and established stars as they secured a Premier League title and look to go for another as well as European glory.

It’s what has happened with some of the younger players at the club which could well scare Gotze to death in terms of moving to the Etihad.

There are plenty of examples of players who have joined City as young man before they have been cast to one side, not given the opportunities to play which has ultimately dented their development as professional players.

Adam Johnson was once linked with a move to Real Madrid, he’s now playing in a relegation battle for Sunderland. Scott Sinclair joined the club as one of the best young wingers in England, he can barely get a game under Roberto Mancini.

It’s the same trend which seemed to pit off Robin Van Persie from joining Manchester city last summer, opting for a move to Old Trafford as he was guaranteed playing time under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The important thing to note here is that Gotze is a very special player and special players will always get into a team, regardless of their age or their experience.

Matija Nastasic is a good contemporary example of a player who has broken into the team this season, played well when he’s been given a chance and he is now relatively indispensible to the current team.

He is certainly good enough to play down one of the wings for City but does his transfer mean he’d be behind someone like Sinclair in the pecking order? It’s a bit harsh on the former Swansea man if that’s not the case, in which case Gotze wouldn’t bother moving.

It’s all about Gotze’s mentality, confidence in himself, and his thinking because the money he could earn, the potential of the club and the silverware he can get after aren’t pressing issues that will put him off of joining the side.

It’s all about how he sees his development as a player either being enhanced by City or damaged by joining the club - and much of that will rest on Mancini and co. selling the move to him.

He’s already at a club in Germany which is always going to be competing at the very top level for trophies, domestically and in Europe, so he needs a very clear and positive reason to up sticks and move to Manchester.

Should he be worried about a move to City?

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