Arsenal and Manchester United have been told to stay away from Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze by the club’s sporting director Matthias Sammer, according to reports from the Express.
The 23-year-old has been linked with an exit for the past month after his agent blasted manager Pep Guardiola for the way he treated his client.
He accused the former Barcelona boss for ruining Gotze career by always leaving him out of the important matches and constantly using him as a substitute.
This alerted the Premier League pair to his sudden availability, but Sammer looks to have come out to reveal that the Germany international should be left alone.
“Let’s just all agree on one thing and that is that we just let Mario play football,” he said.
“He enjoys our complete confidence, but now leave the boy in peace. It will be better if we do not talk about it constantly.
“If you want to win something big, you need just these players. Dealing with them is even more important than with those who play.”
He enjoyed a very successful campaign with Borussia Dortmund before accepting a £26million move to Bayern in the summer of 2013.
The forward featured 48 times in all competitions last term, scoring 15 goals and providing another seven, but was unhappy to be left out of the starting lineup for the Champions League semi-finals.