Marco Reus’s future continues to generate headlines, but Borrusia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc’s latest comments suggest there is nothing for the German side to worry about.
Reus has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, and his outstanding displays during the tail-end of the Bundesliga campaign have only whetted the appetite for fans in desperate need for some world-class talent to arrive at Old Trafford.
The problem was always two-fold. Firstly, Reus’s reported €35million release-clause could not be activated until 2015, meaning United had practically no chance of signing the player this summer.
And secondly, with Dortmund losing so many of their star players – such as Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski – they would surely not sanction a move for possibly the most talented of the lot, as long as it was in their control.
Recent reports suggested Dortmund were prepared to offer Reus a pay-increase provided they could remove the release-clause. But German newspaper Bild later claimed the new deal would in fact see said clause decrease.
It is a high-risk strategy if it proves to be true. But according to Zorc, there is one big reason why Reus will remain exactly where he is regardless of the ongoing speculation.
In an interview with German newspaper WAZ and later published by Inside Futbol, Zorc is quoted as saying, “Marco is a Dortmunder boy.
“He likes it here because if he didn’t he wouldn’t be able to perform like this.”
Reus is certainly performing well currently – as his quite remarkable 23 goals and 22 assists prove – but he will know his stock has never been higher.
Only time will tell if it is more important to him to be a “Dortmunder” or to test his talents elsewhere.