Borussia Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke has moved to end speculation over two of the club’s prize assets once and for all.
Watzke announced in the German press that Manchester United transfer target Marco Reus will definitely be a BVB player next season, while confirming manager Jurgen Klopp won’t be allowed to go anywhere until 2018.
“Marco will play for Borussia Dortmund next season and nowhere else in the world,” said Watzke.
“He is not available (Klopp) – Jurgen remains out trainer and manager until 2018.”
The Catalan press has been very active over the last couple of weeks in suggesting that United target Reus is likely to join Barcelona this summer, with one report suggest he’d already agreed the move verbally.
His pre-World Cup injury doesn’t appear to have slowed down the Spanish papers from ruffling feathers in Germany and regardless of Watzke’s comments, further stories could appear over the next few weeks.
United would have been able to pull off a deal financially but missing out on Reus now may put them in a stronger position to sign him in the future.
United could have Champions League football secured after Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge of the Old Trafford side and United may well have been able to compete strongly for the Premier League title.
While Klopp was linked with the United job before van Gaal was appointed, a similar delay means United could approach him in the future.
However, German press reports have suggested that the German FA see Klopp as the man they want to replace Jorgi Low when the current national team coach decides to move on or retires.
Germany’s current form is sky high following a 4-0 demolition of Portugal and the German FA themselves won’t be in any rush to go about making an approach for the BVB boss.
Watzke’s comments can’t really be considered a blow to United because their chances of signing Reus in the first place were slim and they no longer have an interest in Klopp (for now) having just appointed LvG.