Mario Gotze's immediate future has been cast into further doubt, after new FC Bayern München boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to confirm his imminent departure from the club.
The 23-year-old midfielder fell out of favour during Pep Guardiola's spell at the Allianz Arena, which led to intense speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool.
An injury-ravaged season, coupled with a loss in form saw Gotze primarily being sidelined for most of Guardiola's final campaign, but the appointment of Ancelotti is said to offer a lifeline for the Germany international.
Gotze expressed a desire to remain with the Bundesliga champions, but following a conversation with Ancelotti, his future continues to be in doubt.
"I've spoken to Mario on the phone. He's aware of my opinion," the Italian told ESPN.