Bayern München midfielder Mario Gotze has insisted that he will not be moving to Liverpool this month.
There was mounting speculation that Gotze was planning to leave the Bavarians and head to Anfield in order to reunite with former manager Jurgen Klopp.
However, even though Gotze told Sport Bild that “everything is open”, he has now ruled out a switch to the Premier League club.
“I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter,” Gotze told reporters. “I don’t know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from.
“I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me.
“I have six nice months ahead of me. It is always annoying when you cannot play and cannot help the team. It is only normal that you think about things like that. But you have to look at the positives and build on those.”
Gotze, whose contract at Bayern expires in June 2017, is currently recovering from a groin injury and revealed that he is looking forward to playing under Carlo Ancelotti, who will replace Pep Guardiola as manager at the end of the ongoing season.
“I have spoken about Ancelotti with Kroos and he only had good things to say,” he said. “I have had Klopp, [Joachim] Low and Guardiola as my coaches before. There could be worse coaches than those four.
“I want to become the face of Bayern and take my responsibility here.”