Stuttgart: No go for Gomez
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuttgart have made it clear they have no intention of selling Mario Gomez.Bundesliga champions Stuttgart have made it clear they have no intention of selling Mario Gomez despite reports of a big-money offer from Juventus.
Stuttgarter Nachrichten claims Juve boss Claudio Ranieri is keen to bolster his options up front and is ready to make a é¼25million (£16.8million) offer for the young German international.
Stuttgart have denied that an official bid was lodged, but have taken the opportunity to insist Gomez will be going nowhere this summer.
"We won't let Mario leave. It would be the wrong signal for the team," director of sport Horst Heldt told Stuttgarter Nachrichten.
After surprisingly lifting the Bundesliga title, Stuttgart are determined to keep their young and promising squad together.
Rather than selling their most prized assets, they are looking to strengthen and have been linked with Real Zaragoza striker Ewerthon, Alfonso Alves of Herenveen and St Etienne's Bafetimbi Gomis.