Leon Goretzka has clearly stated his intent to remain at Bayern Munich ahead of next season, despite rumours about a possible move away from the club.
West Ham and Manchester United have both shown keen interest in the 28-year-old, however, the midfielder is committed to earning his place in Bavaria.
“I can only say: I love the club, I love the city, I love the fans and I just want to continue here. There are no thoughts of leaving the club,” said Goretzka. These comments have come after Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel had hinted that Goretzka may not be in his plans as a regular performer going into next season.
“No one gets a guarantee at FC Bayern,” commented Tuchel last week, before saying: “Leon had, it’s no secret, an unsatisfactory end to last season.” With the addition of Konrad Laimer amongst the options now in the Bayern midfield, Goretzka’s chances of being a consistent performer for the Rekordmeister are dwindling.
Nevertheless, the midfielder would have his say regarding his managers’ comments. “That is a legitimate statement, as everyone knows how fast-paced the business is. There are some very crazy things that happen in a transfer window like this.
“I always want to give everything for the club and do everything to ensure that we are successful. Things looked good for a long time last season, and then we lost two titles in the last third. The performance curve of the team and also of me has gone downhill steeply. We want to get out of there again, we are working very hard for that right now. I’m pretty optimistic we’re getting out of there. I’m feeling good, we’re very busy currently laying the groundwork.”
These comments made by Goretzka strongly suggest that there is little doubt in the mind of the midfielder about where he will be playing his football next season. With the injury sustained to Raphaël Guerreiro, who would certainly be an option in midfield for Tuchel, as well as the imminent departure of Marcel Sabitzer to Borussia Dortmund, Goretzka may find himself being relied upon for Tuchel at the beginning of Bayern’s campaign.
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