Despite continual links with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, Mario Gotze has everything he needs at Dortmund.
Mario Gotze has been the subject of many a transfer rumour already this season, and there will be plenty more headlines about the German midfielder between now and the end of August.
But the simple fact is, despite interest from a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and both Manchester sides, the 20-year-old would be crazy to leave the Bundesliga any time soon. The next few seasons are ones he won’t want to miss out on.
Having been the dominant force in German football for the previous two campaigns, Dortmund have very much played second fiddle this year to the resurgent Bayern Munich. And yet both sides find themselves in the semi-finals of the Champions League, with the chance – all be it a small one – of facing each other in the final.
Where once it was the Premier League up against La Liga: now the Bundesliga has left the English league in its slipstream.
With the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena, and with the likely departure of Dortmund’s prolific striker Robert Lewandowski, it could be argued that now is the right time to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side.
But there is an alternative view; which is that Dortmund and Bayern could form one of the most competitive rivalries in European football. That the arrival of Guardiola, rather than elevating Bayern to an unreachable level, could prompt Dortmund to raise their own game, signing additional players who could challenge both at home and abroad.
Klopp will have grown used to his best players being linked with other sides. Most recently it has been defensive linchpin Mats Hummels who is a reported target for Barcelona.
But we appear to be seeing a golden age of German football. And as much as the English top flight may be loath to admit it, it needs to raise its game as well as its wages to keep up.
Gotze is a young man. And his agent has already been quoted as saying the player has no intention of leaving Germany in the summer. But there is the possibility of him blossoming into Dortmund’s fulcrum.
He has years ahead of him to play in a different league. He should remain and enjoy what is happening in German football.
And after a few seasons tussling with Guardiola’s Bayern, Gotze could be so much more than a precocious talent. He could be a superstar.
How good can Gotze ultimately be? And do you agree that he should remain in Germany or move elsewhere?
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