Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has cast doubt over superstar Marco Reus leaving the club.
Marco Reus will not be coming to the Premier League, or any other league for that matter, with Dortmund’s chief suggesting the 24-year-old will not abandon ship in similar style to Mario Gotze.
Arsenal have been most recently linked with the German play maker following their signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
The news will be a blow to the Gunners because Reus himself has recently described his admiration for Arsenal, their boss Arsene Wenger and the way they play football on all fronts.
“Marco just feels very comfortable with us. We feel very comfortable with him. He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than did Mario Gotze,” Watzke told German newspaper Bild.
Reus was one of the leading assist providers in German football last season with 13 assists in the Bundesliga going with the four he produced in the Champions League.
He already has seven goals and three assists for his club side this season, which shows just why Arsenal, United and City were reportedly ready to start throwing huge sums of cash around to try and sign him.
The departure of Gotze and the imminent departure of Robert Lewandowski has also led to suggestions that Reus could also move on, with Dortmund seeing their best players join their German and European rivals on a regular basis.
However, Watzke has stressed that Reus is different and if his allegiance to Dortmund as a club and an area is as strong as the chief suggests, it may be a waste of time for Premier League sides to go after him.
“Marco was born here, his family lives here, and the centre of his life has always been here. This is certainly a criteria in his decision. He knows that BVB is a good choice for him. I am sure of that,” added Watzke.
Plenty of players in the history of football have left behind family roots and cities they adore to move onto a bigger challenge but Watzke’s comments are quietly clever in relation to the reputation Dortmund have across Europe.
Borussia Dortmund have one of the best sets of supporters in the world, creating atmospheres for cup, league and European games which cannot be rivalled anywhere else.
They have a manager who knows how to use and develop young players perfectly and a CEO who will always stick up for his side when questions arise in the media and in the transfer market.
It’s always possible because every player has a price but in this case it would have to be way above what he’s worth.
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