Mario Gotze is not joining Liverpool after the Bayern Munich forward's father said he knew nothing about the rumours regarding a move to the Premier league. Jurgen Gotze, who now represents his son after his separating from agency Sports Total, says talk of a move to Anfield is pure speculation.
Following a campaign during which Gotze played a limited role under Pep Guardiola – centrally through injury and loss of form – there were fears incoming new boss Carlo Ancelotti could take a similar stance. Discussions have been held between Gotze and the Italian coach in recent days, leading to the 23-year-old stating on Facebook he would be attending the first scheduled day of training at Bayern after the European Championships.
The recent developments are at odds with reports in The Sun, which suggest Liverpool are ready to launch a £20m move for the attacking midfielder, who would be reunited with Jurgen Klopp whom he worked under at Borussia Dortmund. Father and new representative Gotze senior states he is unaware of anything concrete regarding interest from Merseyside.
"I don't know anything about an alleged imminent transfer to Liverpool," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung, according to ESPN. "Mario is my son, we talk to each other. I would know about it."
Former Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has urged Gotze to consider a move to Liverpool where he would "fit in well". Germany general manager Olivier Bierhoff, who like Gotze scored an extra time winner for the national side at a major tournament – at Euro 1996 – is thrilled the player's future appears to be settled less than three weeks before the tournament starts.
"This is, for me, a very good decision to commit to Bayern as early as possible," Bierhoff told Bild, according to Goal.com. "As a result, Mario can settle and gain his focus for the Euros and concentrate completely on it. Things with his agent are his personal matter."