Dortmund 'at ease' over Gotze
Borussia Dortmund have brushed off Uli Hoeness' comments that Bayern Munich would one day like to sign Mario Gotze.
Last Updated: 03/09/11 5:37pm
Borussia Dortmund have brushed off Uli Hoeness' comments that Bayern Munich would one day like to sign midfield starlet Mario Gotze.
The teenage Germany international, who came off the bench to score in Friday's 6-2 win over Austria in a Euro 2012 qualifier, is rated as one of the best prospects in European football.
He was linked with a €40million (£35.4m) move to Arsenal before the close of the transfer window, while Bundesliga giants Bayern hold an interest in the 19-year-old.
Bayern president Hoeness confirmed the club's admiration for Gotze and is not concerned by the fact that the player has previously said he would not move to the Allianz Arena.
"Many have claimed they will never go to Bayern," said Hoeness.
"I'm not worried, if he keeps playing so well and we have a very attractive team, then we will eventually get into a conversation.
"It would be a fine thing to have such a good player at Bayern."
However, Dortmund are not worried about losing Gotze to Bayern after previously declaring the player would not be sold to a rival German club.
Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild: "We remain completely at ease. Those are just little games, as we've seen for probably 15 years.
"Every club would like a player like Mario Gotze in their ranks, even Bayern, but not every prediction Hoeness has ever made has come to fruition in the end."