Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said the club are waiting to hear Marco Reus’ decision on where his future lies.
The German international has a €25m release clause in his contract which means he could leave on a cut price deal this summer in comparison to transfer fees in the market, much like Mario Goetze did when he departed for Bayern Munich.
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Reus and Watzke’s latest comments concede to the fact the club are powerless to stop him leaving if he wanted to.
“I still have the hope that he stays with us for a long time,” Watzke said.
“But if he decides differently, that’s the way it is. One of the challenges in football is to benefit from changes in the squad or create other things.”
Reus, 25, has had a terrible set of injuries over the past 12 months which have seen him miss Germany’s successful World Cup campaign as well as lot of the Bundesliga and with Dortmund sitting precariously near the relegation zone, Reus’ future at the club is certainly far from secure.
Having returned to training this week from his latest ankle injury, Watzke couldn’t put a timeline on a return.
He added: “I can understand that he first wants to play again.
“He will then see where it’s all headed and make a decision. That’s just normal, and it will happen soon. Whether it’ll be four or eight weeks, our luck does not depend on it.”
If Reus leaves Dortmund in the summer, it will be one of the biggest transfers of the season and although Man United are spoilt with attackers, Louis van Gaal‘s insistence that he will always look at the best players means Reus is likely to be on the radar.