Mario Götze has just one year left on his contract and it does not look like an extension is imminent. The versatile player has confirmed that there were talks with BVB but he’s seemingly considering his options.
“There was already one or the other conversation with BVB. But I have one more year contract and I am totally relaxed in every respect.”
A move to another league might also be interesting for Götze:
“I am now going into my tenth Bundesliga season - so it is logical that a move to another country is a consideration. As a footballer, you have the privilege that you can work in almost every country in the world.“
The club is supposedly asking Götze to take a pay cut and there is no guarantee that he’s going to be a starter during this upcoming season so it is legitimate that he’s not committing as of right now. This will be a topic all season long but both Götze and the club seem willing to wait until the end of the season before making a final decision.
After the US-tour Hans-Joachim Watzke has talked about several topics and has generally deemed the tour a success.
“I liked what I saw sporting wise, the trip was well organized and you can see that the black and yellow community in America is getting bigger. It’s also worth it from a monetary perspective”
He’s also very optimistic about the squad and that they will be able to sell a few more players that aren’t in their plans.
“I believe that our squad is more balanced than last season. [...] Talks are going on behind the scenes, Michael Zorc is very busy at work.”
Despite rumors that the club is still looking to add a striker Watzke believes BVB are well equipped for the upcoming season.
“Paco Alcacer has scored in every test match and he’s in much better shape this year because he can go through all the preparation. That’s why the striker discussion is one that’s mostly led by the media, not by us.”
It’s true that Alcacer has looked much better this summer, in addition Mario Götze and Jacob Bruun larsen could also fill that role but another true striker wouldn’t hurt. These comments could also be a deflection to not hurt current of future negotiations.
Plus Watzke thinks Bayern still have a top team and that they will add a few more players this offseason despite their troubles in the transfer market so far.
Borussia Dortmund’s new left back has talked about his first trip with the club and the first games with the black and yellows. Schulz seems happy to have joined BVB:
“Only positive, very clear. On the field as well as outside I was very well received. The whole journey certainly helped me. You see each other every day, can not stay out of each others way. So I really can not complain. It’s a big club, you could see that in the US too. I am pleased to be here.”