No Spurs approach for Gotze; Liverpool out of the running

Date published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 10:08

Mario Gotze: No Liverpool interest anymore

Mario Gotze: Set to return to Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham have not made an approach for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze, while Liverpool are believed to have ended their interest in the attacking midfielder.

The 24-year-old is looking to reignite his career after making just 11 Bundesliga starts and scoring just three time for the champions last season, but Spurs have not made an official move for the German international despite registering their interest over the weekend.

German paper Bild claimed Tottenham had thrown their hat into the ring for Gotze, who they claim is intent on quitting Bavaria this summer with just 12 months left on his contract.

Bayern are believed to be looking for around £20million for the player, but the Daily Mail claim there has been no enquiry from Maurico Pochettino for the former Borussia Dortmund man.

Liverpool though are definitely out of the running, according to the Liverpool Echo. The £34million signing of Sadio Mane has put paid to any interest in Gotze, with Jurgen Klopp now believed to be quite happy with his attacking options.

Klopp did have an interest in the player ahead of Euro 2016, but the player’s indecision meant that Klopp decided to look elsewhere and he is now more than happy with his strikers – Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Mane and the German is now believed to be pursuing a central midfielder with Udinese’s Piotr Zielinski and Porto’s Ruben Neves linked.

New Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti yesterday did little to dampen down the speculation regarding the future of Gotze, who is believed to interesting his old club Dortmund, when he refused to give the player any future assurances.

“I said about him what I said about [defender, Mehdi] Benatia,” said Ancelotti. “He is a Bayern player. I spoke to him one month ago. It was private.

“He’s a Bayern player so I’ll consider him. I’ll treat him as one.

“He’s a player at Bayern and until he’s not, I don’t have to think other things.”

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