Arsenal 'target' Mario Gotze signs new deal at Borussia Dortmund
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze has signed a new, long-term deal at Borussia Dortmund.
The 19-year-old Germany midfielder, who had been linked with a move to Arsenal, has already established himself as a regular for both club and country and has played a pivotal role in Dortmund's bid to retain the Bundesliga title this season.
Wenger revealed on Friday that his summer will not be spent shopping in the transfer market as he targets quality rather than quantity but Gotze is believed to have been one of the major targets on his radar.
Dortmund currently sit five points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the league and Gotze told the club's official website he wants to build on the current success.
"Everyone knows how comfortable I feel in Dortmund, I want to be a part of this development," he said.
Despite the recent successes Gotze had been consistently linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion with Arsenal one of the major European clubs interested.
Arsenal look more likely to complete a move for Gotze's compatriot Lukas Podolski as, despite Wenger admitting last week no deal is yet in place, he has not hidden his interest in the Cologne striker.
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