Borussia Dortmund confirm contract talks with Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze is in “regular talks” with Borussia Dortmund over a contract extension, confirmed CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The 26-year-old came through the youth ranks at Dortmund and played key roles in their Bundesliga titles with Jurgen Klopp.

Under the now-Liverpool boss, Gotze emerged as one of the most exciting young players and impressed with his speed and playing style. Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Franz Beckenbauer even once nicknamed the midfielder as “German Messi”.

Bayern Munich soon snapped up Gotze in the summer of 2013 by making him the then-most expensive German player of all time at €37m.

A 22-year-old Gotze later proved himself on football’s biggest stage by scoring the match-winner as Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 to claim the 2014 World Cup at Brazil.

However, things for Gotze had since gone downhill amid struggles for form and fitness in recent seasons.

Despite rejoining Dortmund in 2016, Gotze has struggled to match his previous feats. Manager Lucien Favre even warned the 2011 Golden Boy winner that he faces a fight for his future at Signal Iduna Park.

But the German World Cup winner appears to have successfully put the struggles of last season behind him, with 26 appearances to his name this term.

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Now Watzke has confirmed that Dortmund are in talks with Gotze over a new contract, with his original deal to expire in June 2020.

“We are in regular talks,” Watzke told Bild.

“It’s no secret that we want to keep him. Mario knows that – just as we know that he can imagine a future at BVB.”

The 59-year-old also announced plans to tie down the long-term futures of Raphael Guerreiro and Jacob Bruun Larsen.

“We are also in talks with Raphael and would like to stay with us,” said Watze.

“He has developed very well under Lucien Favre. But, ultimately, it’s also about how Raphael sees his future.”

On Bruun Larsen, he added: “Jacob is still a very young player, but he’s already extremely appreciated at the club.

“He has inhaled the BVB DNA and has an exceptionally good character. We see great potential in him.”

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 03: Jacob Bruun Larsen (R) of Dortmund talks to Raphael Guerreiro (L) of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at Volkswagen Arena on November 3, 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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