Borussia Dortmund president and general manager Hans-Joachin Watzke has admitted that star player Marco Reus could leave the club if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The German international has long been linked with a move to Manchester United but his ties with Dortmund have caused a stumbling block on any potential deal.
So far this season Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled in Germany’s top flight and a run of five straight defeats leaves them in 17th spot, ten points adrift of fourth place and Champions League qualification.
A failure to land Champions League football will have its consequences and club president Hans-Joachin Watzke admits retaining his services next summer would be difficult.
“Buy-out clause? Without that, Marco wouldn’t have even arrived at Borussia. When he’ll make a decision about his future, we’ll know it before the media this team.” He said, quoted by Sky Sports Italia.
“In any case, it’s sure that he won’t leave in January. I’m 105% sure about that. However it would certainly be difficult to keep Reus if the team didn’t qualify to the next Champions League.”
Marco Reus has made five Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund this season, scoring two goals and adding a further two assists.
His absence has certainly been felt and the loss of Robert Lewandowski to rivals Bayern Munich has also affected Dortmund’s ability in the final third in the early parts of this season.