Dortmund deny United bids
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has denied that Manchester United have offered to buy Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels.
Reports emerged on Saturday suggesting the English giants were told Gotze will be allowed to leave for 60 million euros, while Hummels could go for 18m euros.
However, Watzke quashed the rumours, saying his players are not for sale at any price.
“There is no offer,” the CEO told Liga Total.
“And even if they bid 120m euros, (Gotze and Hummels) would stay with us, because we don’t want to sell.”
“We want to play football, not to open as a bank. We want to make our five million fans happy, we can’t do that by selling players.”
Gotze’s agent Volker Struth also quashed the rumours, and affirmed his client’s intention to see out his contract.
“We will have no talks (with other clubs). Mario has a contract until 2014 and wants to honour it. There are no discussions with other clubs, not even with Bayern Munich,” Struth said.
Both Gotze (19) and Hummels (23) have contracts that expire in 2014. The two have been in high demand, with Arsenal having had a bid of around 30m euros rejected for Gotze in August.
BVB have held firm, however, rejecting that offer, as well as an approach from Bayern Munich for Hummels.
Sat 17 December, 2011