Many people wouldn’t have dealt with news that their major league rivals, now twenty points clear in the Bundesliga, have poached one of their most important players. But this is Juergen Klopp we’re talking about. The Borussia Dortmund coach was both cutting and reasoned in his response to Mario Goetze’s reported €37 million transfer to Bayern Munich next season. He told reporters today when asked on why Mario was leaving:
“The reason Gotze is leaving? He is the favorite transfer of Guardiola.
“So if it’s anyones fault it’s mine. I cannot make myself 15cm smaller and learn Spanish. Gotze wants to work with this extraordinary coach that is Guardiola.
“I cannot preach football of quick transitions and now start playing Tiki Taka.”
Still, despite his slight digs disguised as self-deprecation, he was also careful to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy:
“This season we activated Marco Reus’ release clause and Gladbach wasn’t happy either.”
It’s not as if Dortmund are St. Pauli. They know what this is about, and no doubt Klopp has already weighed his options in light of the loss of one of Germany’s most promising midfield talents.