What is the definition of world class?
Ultimately the answer to that question is subjective. However, it is safe to assume that a 23-year-old midfielder who has won four Bundesliga titles with two different clubs, registering 42 league goals and 38 assists in the process, as well as scoring the winner in a World Cup final, is world class.
We are, of course, describing the achievements of Germany playmaker Mario Gotze, whom The Express suggest could seek a summer move because he is dissatisfied with life at Bayern Munich.
The Express bases its claim on a quote from club and country teammate Thomas Muller, whom the newspaper credits as saying: “I speak with Mario and think he is not 100 per cent satisfied with his situation at Bayern. But I am not Mario’s agent, so I am not going to speak about his future.”
An apparent poor relationship with Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is highlighted as a major factor behind Gotze being less that completely satisfied at the Allianz Arena.
Guardiola is leaving Bayern at the end of the season to take over as Manchester City manager, but, nevertheless, The Express tells us that Muller’s quotes will boost Arsenal and Liverpool, who are said to be interested in signing Gotze.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp handed Gotze his professional debut at Dortmund in 2009.
It would make perfect sense for Klopp to include the 48-time Germany international on his summer wish-list.
However, surely a player of Gotze’s calibre would prefer to move to club in much better shape than Liverpool, who are currently languishing in ninth place in the Premier League table.
The same can be said of third-placed Arsenal, whose 12-year wait for a League title is showing little sign of ending any time soon.