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German international rejects new contract according to reports; major European teams on alert!

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has rejected a new deal with the German club according to reports from Bild in Germany. This will come as a blow to coach Jürgen Klopp, who does not want to break up his side any more that he has already had to with Shinji Kagawa, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski all leaving the club over the last few years, which will undoubtedly unsettle the side. United are currently targeting defender Mats Hummels in a bid to strengthen after losing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić this summer, which is a lot of experience to lose.

Reus, who missed out on a place in the German national team in Brazil this summer due to an ankle ligament injury sustained in a World Cup warm up match, is already back in training with his side in a bid to be fit for the start of the season. If Dortmund were to lose Reus, it would be another massive blow, especially if it were to happen this summer. Along with interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich (who Dortmund may be reluctant to sell to, again) and Barcelona (who have spent a large amount of money on Luis Suárez already) remain interested.

With the fact that United had a very poor season under David Moyes, and the wingers under performed, which added to United’s decline, bringing in a player like Reus would be a major coup for Louis van Gaal, but it is something I just cannot see as happening. Where would Reus fit into the team? Van Gaal seems adamant to continue his 5-3-2 variation formation, bit I am sure if the player was available and United were interested, as they have been with similar players this summer with a view to replacing Nani, I am sure the new manager could fit Reus into his plans.

The German internationals agent Dirk Hebel has told Bild that major European teams are showing an interest in his client, who is contracted with the German side until the summer of 2017, but a £28 million release clause will come into effect in the summer of 2015, which would tie Dortmund’s hands should any team match that for the player, many clubs would be stupid not to, it is a great price and with the 25-year-old getting better all the time, clubs will be unlikely to lose money on him, should he continue to get better and avoid injury, of course. Speaking to Bild, Hebel said:

“Marco would make any big European team stronger.

“That’s why it’s completely normal that a number of these major European teams are interested in signing him.

“But his main priority for now is to get back to top fitness and return to the pitch. Everything else is not important at this stage.”

It would seem that either Reus and his agent are trying to get a better contract offer from Borussia Dortmund, something that we have seen a lot of this summer, last summer and quite frankly every summer since money became the most important thing in football. One thing is for sure, Dortmund need to act quickly or their latest prized asset could be heading out of the doors sooner or later. Obviously if a new contract was offered and accepted, it would most likely remove the release clause which comes into effect in a years time, or again that would be a pretty silly move, as the club would be unable to reject that, being a release clause and all.

Looking on Twitter, I saw a Liverpool blogger and supporter saying this:

You have got to laugh at the way they seem to think they are a big club again, all because they finished second, and celebrated that fact last season. If Liverpool could not keep Luis Suárez, how could they even dream about signing a top player like Reus, and then keep him for more than a couple of seasons? These comments may come back to bite me, but I just do not think Reus will see Liverpool as a bigger club that the one he is currently at.

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