Like baiting a bear, it seems that the media have thoroughly ticked off German outfit Borussia Dortmund.
We brought you the quotes from Spanish source sport.es over the weekend regarding the future of Marco Reus.
Reus is certainly one of the most coveted players in Europe right now - and with a release clause rumoured to be in the region of €35 million there is little wonder why the likes of Manchester United are being linked with his signature.
He has certainly been the subject of much speculation recently.
The Mirror reported him as saying he would not follow Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich - saying ‘money is not everything’.
And then there were the reports in Spain, where Reus was attending a launch event for Puma, in which he reportedly stated:
"I cannot deny I'm flattered by the interest of Barcelona, but now I'm focused on my current club. At the end of the season, everything is possible. "
Those comments stirred much conversation regarding an apparent summer move to Barca - and certainly seemed to destabilise Reus’ position at the club.
However - Dortmund are absolutely livid at the recent reports.
They released an open letter to their fans yesterday - which took a proverbial bite out of the rumours:
“ …everyone here at BVB loves to work with reputable media – which is the majority of the guild, across all borders and continents – but we have been infuriated by the black sheep who make up content.”
“We hereby expressly deny the alleged quotes on sport.es. We did not find an equal denominated quote on said website, despite intensive efforts, but even if there such a citation should be found, that does not change the fact that Marco Reus with has never conducted an interview with this media and never expressed at a press conference in this form. Everything is entirely fictitious. "
"To this end, we hereby also expressly state a conversation between The Mirror and Marco Reus has never happened. These statements are a pure fake"
The report on Sport.es has, curiously, been removed from their website now and it seems that Dortmund are not a beast you want to be messing with - unless you count bravery as a major character plus.
Just imagine what transfer negotiations are like.
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