Mario Gotze transfer news: Bayern star not think about leaving 'for a second', says agent after Manchester United and Arsenal link

Volker Stuth said Pep Guardiola had 'destroyed' Gotze, sparking rumours

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Mario Gotze will be staying at Bayern Munich this summer despite rumours linking him to Premier League trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Gotze's agent Volker Struth sparked various transfer rumours after telling a newspaper that Bayern boss Pep Guardiola had "destroyed" Germany's World Cup final hero.

The 23-year-old started 40 matches last season, scoring 15 goals, but wasn't used in some big games at the end of the campaign and was notably on the bench for the Champions League and German Cup semi-finals.

"Guardiola has destroyed Gotze. He feels like the coach doesn't have faith in him and yet still he is asked to be decisive when he gets on the pitch," Struth told Bild earlier this week.

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"I'm surprised that Guardiola didn't use Gotze in important matches like the German Cup and Champions League semi-finals. He only plays in the easy games.

"I wonder why no one at the club has realised that and defended Mario. Bayern need a figure like former president Uli Hoeness again."

But the agent stated that despite what he sees as a lack of support, Gotze, who has received criticism for failing to live up to his huge price-tag, did not ever think about leaving the club.

"No. Mario did not even think about that [a summer exit] for a second," he continued. "He is an unbelievably professional footballer who works very hard. Many people don't see that at all.

"I think the evaluation of his two years at Bayern is often incorrect. He played around 50 games each season and won four titles. And you should never forget that he recently became only 23 years old.

"I am convinced: if Mario feels confidence it is easier for him to bring his unbelievable potential on the field. Then he will be one of the best players in the world."