Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

Following speculation that Manchester United were preparing a bid for Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze, the German club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has ruled out even entertaining an offer for the 19-year-old.

The German midfielder has been lauded as one of the finest talents his country has ever produced and is beginning to fulfil his potential with Bundesliga champions Dortmund.

And the Ruhr giants are determined that Gotze will not be taken away from Signal Iduna Park, with stern warnings that bids for the Germany international are not welcome.

Gotze has long been on the radar of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Scot seeing the midfielder as a potential future great.

Following the English champions’ decision not to push ahead with a move for Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder due to concerns over the Dutchman’s wages, United had begun to be heavily linked with a swoop for Gotze.

"Interest may arrive, but we don’t have the slightest intention of selling Mario Gotze", said Dortmund CEO Watzke after the German side heard the transfer chatter.

"No matter which club wants him, our answer is always the same: Mario is not for sale."

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