By Coral Barry
Thomas Muller has revealed he understands why Mario Gotze would want to leave Bayern Munich in the summer.
Gotze, 23, has been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield since his former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool and Muller has admitted he can see why his Bayern teammate might seek a transfer .
The two Germans are currently on international duty together and Muller was speaking ahead of the massive clash between Germany and England on Saturday.
“I’ve talked to Mario, of course we’ve talked in the dressing room and I fully appreciate that he might not be satisfied at Bayern Munich,” said Muller. “From a purely sporting point of view, of course you want to be on the pitch, you want to be showing the public what you can do.
“But he jokes around, he is full of spirit, and in training we really dovetail on the pitch and in the club and this won’t go away in a hurry.”
Gotze’s season has been continually interrupted by injuries with the playmaker managing just 12 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season.
On top of that, Gotze has struggled to regain his place in Pep Guardiola’s side and has spent most of the time he has been fit warming the Bayern bench.
Gotze has seen just 54 minutes of action in the last six Bundesliga games and was again overlooked on the sidelines last weekend as Bayern struggled to break down FC Koln.
The Bundesliga leaders eventually edged a 1-0 league victory but German journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted after the game that Gotze has become increasingly frustrated with his situation at Bayern.
Muller expressed sympathy for his teammate and admitted he cannot predict what Gotze will do once the season ends.
The striker said: “As far as him signing for another club is concerned, I’m not his advisor or his agent so I would wish for him to stay at Bayern Munich but you never know in this world so I don’t talk about potential new clubs with Mario Gotze.”