BERLIN (AFP) – World Cup winner Mario Goetze says he would welcome former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus at Bayern Munich if his Germany colleague joins him at the Bavarian giants.
Reus is under contract at Dortmund until June 2017, but has a release clause in his contract, believed to be around 25 million euros ($31.9m, £19.8m), which would allow the fleet-footed winger to leave Borussia at the end of the season.
Goetze, whose extra-time goal in the Rio de Janeiro final against Argentina in July allowed Germany to win the World Cup for the fourth time, joined Dortmund’s arch-rivals Bayern in July 2013 after activating a release clause in his contract to move for 37 million euros.
Now he is hoping Reus will tread a similar path from Dortmund to Munich.
“I get on really, really well with Marco and I always look forward to seeing him when we meet up with the Germany squad,” Goetze, who scored twice in Saturday’s 6-0 win at home to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, told Sky Sports.
“We had a great year together (at Dortmund in 2012/13). Of course, I would be delighted if he came, but that has to be his decision.”
Bayern have signed both Goetze and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski from Borussia in recent years and Reus is clearly next on their radar.
“If a German international has an exit clause and his contract could run out, then FC Bayern are obliged to think about him,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“It is well-known that Marco has a release clause.”
Bayern, who have won the Bundesliga in each of the last two seasons, are four points clear at the top of the table while Dortmund are 14th having failed to win any of their last five league games, with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Cologne their third straight defeat.