West Ham United want Mario Gotze but former teammate Manuel Neuer is hoping the World Cup winner will make a shock return to Bayern Munich, according to Goal.com.
While few would have expected one of the most talented forwards of his generation to be without a club at the age of just 28, don’t make the mistake of assuming Gotze is on the scrapheap.
After being released by Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, Germany’s Maracana hero has offers on the table from the Premier League, albeit in the shape of West Ham rather than a Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United (Express).
However, given the option, legendary goalkeeper Neuer would jump at the chance to reunite with his former teammate at Bayern Munich.
He is confident Gotze still has plenty to offer, even after a relentless series of fitness problems took a sledgehammer to his once glittering reputation.
“Mario is a very good player, who knows the environment. He said himself he absolutely wants to win the Champions League,” says Neuer, who won three Bundesliga titles alongside Gotze between 2013 and 2016. He’s very ambitious and I know him as a player who is always in good shape. We’ll see where he lands.
“It’s up to the bosses to decide whether he’s an option for us. But I’m confident he would be able to do well at Bayern.”
Unfortunately for Neuer, Bayern coach Hansi Flick appears to have ruled out the prospect of the diminutive playmaker reclaiming his place in FC Hollywood’s all-star cast.
Speaking to Goal, Flick admitted Gotze was “not an option” at present.
However, with the 63-time international making it clear he wants to win the Champions League before he hangs up his boots, it remains to be seen whether he would be open to joining a West Ham side that looks more likely to be battling relegation than challenging for a European place this season.
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