Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has sent a thinly-veiled warning to Mario Gotze about his future at the club.
Gotze looked set to leave the Bundesliga champions this season after reportedly being informed he wouldn’t be getting regular football next season under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
It looked as though Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be fighting it out with former club Borussia Dortmund for the twenty-three year old – but Gotze has publicly stated his determination to win back his place at Bayern.
And that has left the club bewildered, as Rummenigge reaffirmed their stance over the future of the World Cup winner.
“Mario knows the thoughts of Bayern.” he told Kicker.
“Everything was clearly and seriously explained to Mario. He knows what the club thinks and what the new coach thinks.
“Mario has to evaluate for himself whether he wants to play consistently.” he finished.
Rumours have been rife that Gotze wanted to be part of the deal that took Mats Hummels back to Bayern from Dortmund and that he ended his relationship with his former agent for this not happening.
Others have claimed that he decided against a move to Anfield, which he had agreed to, after the Europa League final defeat inflicted a season of no European football on Liverpool.
Either way, he will become a free agent next year when his contract expires with Bayern – if he remains there this season.