Featuring as a midfield staple for German champions Borussia Dortmund, Mario Goetze has been one of the bigger players associated with a summer move. Appearing in 40 games this year, the 18 year-old is racking up valuable experience and has been associated with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
However, the hierarchy of next year’s Champion’s League competitors have sweeped aside any rumours that Goetze is going anywhere. CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has stamped several ‘not for sale’ statements on the attacking midfielder and has come out yet again to dissuade clubs from bidding. The latest quote to be released is aimed at Manchester United, the German claiming ‘Mario is not for sale, we wouldn’t sell him even for several oil fields’.
This shows that Dortmund want to hold on to Goetze who at the measly age of 18, displayed huge amounts of skill in the 2010-11 campaign. Although eight goals in a season may pail in comparison to some of the world’s biggest players, for an 18 year-old midfielder, it’s quite a record. His assist tally is impressive also, notching up 15 the past season.
Despite the manager and owner’s claims, questions have to be asked as to just how far the team can hold out. Teammate Nuri Sahin is already off to Real Madrid, despite the season not having ended yet and if a big money bid does eventually come through, we’ll see how much ‘several oil fields’ are really worth.