By Tom Tibble
Mario Gotze’s proposed transfer to Liverpool may have broken down after he split with his long-term agents Sports Total, according to a report.
The World Cup winner delivered a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp’s ambitions by revealing on Monday his intention to stay at Bayern Munich and fight for a first-team place under Carlo Ancelotti next season.
According to the Guardian, Gotze and his agent parted company after lengthy deliberations following the Bayern fixture last Saturday. The outcome was to the terminate the pair’s professional co-operation by mutual consent.
The German plummeted down the pecking order at Bayern under Pep Guardiola and was widely expected to leave this summer with one year remaining on his contract. Instead now, Gotze will remain at the Allianz.
“I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything possible to be in top shape for my first training session under Carlo Ancelotti,” Gotze said, as quoted by German publication Bild.
Liverpool were favourites to capture the talent as boss Klopp was close to Gotze during their tenure together in Germany after bringing the attacker up through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp had been keen to tie up a swift transfer for the Germany international and the club were hopeful it could agreed within the next few days but Gotze’s breakdown of professional relations with his agent appears to have conspired against Liverpool.
The World Cup winner’s season has been continually interrupted by injuries and Gotze has struggled to convince Guardiola he deserves more than a spot on the bench in recent weeks.
The Spanish boss opted to leave him out of both legs of Bayern’s Champions League semi-final showdown defeat to Atletico Madrid.
But Gotze’s pedigree is without question and is well known to Klopp, who brought him through the ranks at Dortmund before the player’s departure to Bayern in 2013.
The man who struck the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final scored 31 goals and supplied 44 assists in 116 Dortmund matches. He has been even more prolific at Bayern, scoring 36 goals in 114 matches.
Liverpool are keen to get their transfer window dealings done quickly, preferably before the first ball is kicked at the European Championships in June, and have already agreed the signing of one player from the Bundesliga.
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