Borussia Dortmund have released a statement over the future of Mario Gotze, admitting the Arsenal and Manchester City target has had his release clause invoked by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Gotze has starred for Dortmund sincemaiking the step up from the club's youth system to their senior line up in 2010.

The 20 year old has been hot property on the transfer market for some time now, with Arsenal and City both showing interest on numerous occasions.

Despite Dortmund prepareing for a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, the youngster has been connected with a move away from the club, though Jurgen Klopp has always insisted they would do all they could to keep him at Signal Iduna Park.

But one thing the club can't control is his release clause, believed to be around £32 million. And though Bayern have yet to comment, Dortmund have stated that Gotze has made his wishes to leave the club clear.

Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze has said he wants to move to Bayern Munich on July 1st, Borussia Dortmund have confirmed.

"Borussia Dortmund striker Mario Götze, as well as his Adviser Volker Struth, have days ago informed the club that he would like to make use of his buyout clause and go to FC Bayern Munich on July 1, 2013," the statement read.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia of Dortmund's Chief Executive Officer added: "We are of course disappointed beyond all measure, but we must stress that the both Mario and his advisors have behaved [in the best way possible].

"BVB now mustn't be distracted by this news, and must lay the groundwork for... tomorrow's semi-final of the Champions League and to move into the final at London's Wembley Stadium.

"Together with coach Jürgen Klopp sporting Director Michael Zorc is asking all fans of BVB, and Mario Götze, that in the last matches of the season, to above all support the team in Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, the major UEFA as unconditionally as any another Dortmund professional."

The statement added that no word has been given from Bayern Munich yet over whether a deal has been agreed.