Jurgen Klopp disappointed by Mario Gotze’s move to Bayern Munich
Jurgen Klopp admits he is disappointed by Mario Gotze’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich. The Borussia Dortmund manager also confessed that he was upset by the transfer was handled.
Bayern Munich chose to pay the release clause in Mario Gotze’s deal with Borussia Dortmund last season. The news of the move leaked into the press before the Champions League semifinal between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Jurgen Klopp claims the transfer and ensuing saga was a “bigger disappointment” than losing the Champions League final to archrivals Bayern Munich. The German boss vented his frustration at the time, but was distracted by proceedings.
“Until mid-April, Mario had been a part of our plans, and suddenly we were confronted with the reality that he wasn’t,” Jurgen Klopp said. “That was pretty tough.
“Basically, it is normal for a football club to want to sign a player from another team - we do that, too - but it was the date the transfer came out, the day before our important game against Real Madrid, that was offensive. Other than that, there wasn’t much about last season I found painful.”
Jurgen Klopp admits he is wary of Bayern Munich’s might, but believes his team can oust the treble-winning side next season. The German boss refused to give up hope in front of a team he reckoned were “last season quite possibly the best team in the world”.
“We can’t just buy two players for every position like Bayern, and that is not something we can address exclusively with money,” Jurgen Klopp added. “We also want to continue to give very young players the chance to fill the gap.”
“We have a bow and arrow and, if we aim accurately, we can hit the target. Only the Bavarians have, I feel, a bazooka. The probability that they will hit the target is so much better. Nonetheless, Robin Hood is said to have been very successful.”
Jurgen Klopp also admitted that he saw his wantaway star Robert Lewandowski joining
Bayern Munich next season. The Polish striker was strongly linked to Bayern Munich this summer, but couldn’t confirm a move because Borussia Dortmund refused to sell him to their rivals.
Now, Robert Lewandowski is expected to leave the club next summer when his contract with Borussia Dortmund comes at an end.