Arsenal and Manchester United are monitoring Mario Gotze’s situation at Bayern Munich after learning that he is unhappy at the Bundesliga champions, according to the Daily Star.
The 23-year-old’s agent has admitted that his client feels unloved at the Allianz Arena and insists that he could be one of the best players in the world under the right management.
Volker Struth does not believe that Gotze, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, was given enough backing by Pep Guardiola last season.
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Sky Sports quote Struth as telling German newspaper Bild am Sonntag: “Of course I would have liked if Mario had felt more support in one or two situations.
“I am fully convinced that when Mario feels this support, it is easier for him to show his incredible potential. Then he is one of the best players in the world.”
Although Struth claims that Gotze lacked the support of Guardiola, no Bayern outfield player started more Bundesliga games than the attacking midfielder’s 28 in 2014-15.
He scored nine goals, four fewer than Thomas Muller managed in as many starts, while Arjen Robben found the net 17 times in the league despite only appearing from the kickoff on 20 occasions.
Bayern may have expected a healthier return considering that Gotze cost them £31.5m from domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013, making him the second-most expensive German signing ever after Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, as BBC Sport report.
The Gunners and United were both in the running for the Germany international back then, according to The Mirror, and Gotze may wish that he had chosen differently. He may yet be given a do-over.