Thursday, 10th January, 2013

Mario Gotze can imagine spending the rest of his career at Borussia Dortmund.

The talented attacking midfielder is a graduate of Dortmund’s youth academy and has now firmly established himself in the club’s first team, as well as earning international recognition with Germany.

The midfielder’s talents have not been lost on Europe’s powers, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus all having been linked with making a swoop for his services, while a number of other sides are monitoring his progress.

But Gotze has continued to be happy at Dortmund and the Ruhr giants have been delighted to keep hold of him.


And that could be the case for his entire career.

Asked by WAZ about the prospect of staying at Dortmund for his whole playing stint, Gotze replied: "I can imagine that.

"I grew up in Dortmund and I feel very comfortable here. I know the city well, my friends and family are here."

The 20-year-old also insists he has not even thought about leaving Dortmund.

"First, my contract runs until 2016. There is no reason to think about something else."

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be cheered by Gotze’s words, given that his players have been targeted by a number of clubs following their double-title success in the Bundesliga, in 2011 and 2012; and in the summer of 2011, Klopp did lose a star, in the shape of Shinji Kagawa, who joined Manchester United.

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