Mario Goetze is a name that has been bandied around these parts for a while, mostly it is the United fans in the corner of the Tavern who tell me that he is the player they need to move onto the next level.
Who am I to disagree? He is a fine young German footballer and the latest young superstar to come out of the country. He has been lauded as one of the finest prospects in world football and that is why Manchester United have been so keen to sign him.
Well it appeared that it was a transfer that may come to fruition this Summer, however today we have quotes coming from the players club essentially telling United to move on and forget it.
Goetze has had a meteoric rise to fame, he joined the Borussia Dortmund youth academy in 2001. He finally made his debut for the first team during the 09-10 campaign, making 5 appearances that year. This season he has been a lot more involved with the first team, he has appeared in 27 league games, scoring 5 goals, and laying on 10 for team mates.
It was thought that Goetze was the next piece in the Manchester United jigsaw, but now Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has ruled out a Summer exit for the player, saying:
“When it comes to Goetze, I can say this – he is not for sale….We would definitely turn down even a £20m offer. Mario has a contract with us until 2014 and he will remain in Dortmund for at least that long….Other clubs can save their offers for Mario Goetze. It’s a waste of time.”.
Obviously it would be strange for the club to say anything else, but the strength of phrasing suggests there might be something too it. It has been claimed in the past that the player dreams of playing for Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson and the player himself may have to wait before realising their ambitions.
It is not necessarily a bad thing for either party, Goetze has only had one full season in top flight football. The Bundesliga is a good level and I think in many ways the players development may be aided if he were to stay with Borussia Dortmund for another season. Clearly they would look to sell the player before 2014 if it was clear that the midfielder was unwilling to sign a new deal, but there is still plenty of time to run on that contract.
Manchester United may be best to wait 12 months, because I feel that with another seasons experience they would be signing a better player next time around. Obviously that does lead to some problems, Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff had identified Goetze as a replacement for soon to be retiring Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes and delaying another year might be difficult.
The bottom line however is that United will surely be moving for other midfield players this Summer anyway, so a delay in a move for Goetze should really not be too much of a problem for the Old Trafford outfit.
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