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Confusion about the future of Mario Götze: top European clubs with interest

Mario Götze played for BVB until 2020 and then switched to PSV Eindhoven.Image: ANP / ROB ANGELAAR

Twelve goals and eleven assists: Mario Götze had a strong season at PSV Eindhoven and brought back memories of his former top form. However, it is currently unclear whether he will continue this positive trend in the coming season in the Netherlands. Because the speculation about the future of the 29-year-old is causing a lot of confusion. And the, although he is officially under contract with PSV until 2024.

Farewell to coach Roger Schmidt fueled the rumors of change

Mario Götze only left Borussia Dortmund in 2020 and surprised the football world. With the move to PSV Eindhoven, however, the attacking player blossomed again. In 2021 he even extended his contract until the end of June 2024.

Nevertheless, the football world is now puzzling over a possible departure of the 2014 World Cup hero.

This is not least due to the announced change from PSV coach Roger Schmidt to Portuguese top club Benfica Lisbon. Rumors quickly circulated that Götze was now also planning to follow him to Benfica in Portugal.

PSV sports director with contradicting statements

John de Jong, Eindhoven’s technical director, initially disagreed. Accordingly, no player indicated that they wanted to leave. “Mario didn’t do that either. That gives us a good feeling,” de Jong recently tried to take the wind out of the sails in an interview with “Voetbal International”.

Although he did not categorically rule out a transfer, he made it clear that there are at least no talks in this direction at the moment: “I haven’t spoken to Roger about taking players,” he said. And: A possible move to Portugal is subject to conditions. “If he brings a big bag full of money, there are talks,” he says.

Apparently, the situation behind the scenes changed again within a few days. In an interview with the TV station “NOS” on Monday, the person responsible for PSV no longer sounds quite so convinced and thus sparked new transfer rumors.

“Open to an Adventure”

John de Jong on Mario Götze’s intentions.

He says there about the professional player’s attitude: Götze is “open to an adventure. We’ll wait and see what happens”.

In any case, it is not unlikely that the offensive star will now move to another club.

Contract clause makes change Götzes possible before 2024

Because: According to “NOS”, Eindhoven Götze could not prevent it either. Because according to Sport1, the 29-year-old has a clause in the contract that could be drawn before June and through which Götze could leave the club for four to five million euros.

Mario Götze blossomed again at PSV.

Mario Götze blossomed again at PSV.Image: ANP / Olaf Kraak

At least that Schmidt Götze would like to have in his team is beyond question. He relies a lot on the native of Memmingen and would like to take him to Lisbon with him. Not least because of Götze’s impressive performance under the coach.

But not only Benfica, also the reigning Italian champions AC Milan are said to be interested in Götze.

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