Bayern plumped for Gotze over Neymar

Bayern Munich were considering both Mario Gotze and Neymar but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Pep Guardiola to eventually opt for the German playmaker.

Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund

By FOX Sports Staff

Guardiola had previously been linked with the Brazilian during his tenure at Barcelona and it was believed that he would maintain that interest when taking over the reins at Bayern.

However, the Bundesliga giants surprised the world by announcing the acquisition of Gotze from arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund with the agreement made public just days before this year's historic all-German Champions League final.

Rummenigge has now revealed that he had an extensive discussion with Guardiola prior to making a move for one of Germany's most talented prodigies in recent years where Neymar was also a topic of conversation.

"We had a clear idea of what kind of player we wanted to sign and discussed this with Pep," Rummenigge told Sport Bild.

"There were really only two players out there who fit the bill and were realistic transfer targets. One was Neymar and the other was Gotze.

"The eventual decision was made during a meeting in Zurich when the weather conditions were abysmal. I told Pep to glance outside and he asked me why.

"I then told him to imagine a Brazilian leaving his native country in 30 degrees celsius, only to arrive here when it's minus six.

"Additionally, he does not speak the language and the German culture is nothing like the warm atmosphere South Americans are used to. That would all be pretty difficult for such a young player."

Gotze's transfer paved the way for Barcelona to beat Real Madrid to secure the highly-rated Brazil international's signature.

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