The attacking midfielder has had a tough time under Pep Guardiola but there's no reason to suggest he's leaving Germany. Despite clear interest from Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool, Götze has enough reasons to remain at Bayern.
Bayern Munich's Mario Götze has been heavily linked with Liverpool this week, but the possibility of the German leaving the Bundesliga this summer is highly unlikely. Much of the international press' speculation has been based on the idea that the World Cup winner has given up on the German champions and is ready to start afresh.
Yet there are a number of factors to suggest that he’s going nowhere. Perhaps the most prominent one to consider is that a new coach at Bayern is on the horizon. Carlo Ancelotti will take over from Pep Guardiola, with the aim of taking the club closer to the Champions League title. A change in management brings the hope of more game time and a more clearly-defined role in the team for Götze.
The attacking midfielder has had his fair share of chances under Guardiola but his ideal role – a no.10 – simply doesn't exist in the former Barcelona coach's system. Whether pushed out to the wing or played as a false no.9, Götze has never been able to play in the position that brought him so much success at Borussia Dortmund.
That may completely change under the Italian manager. Ancelotti is an exceptional coach but his formations are far more rigid and traditional than Guardiola. Usually opting for a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, sometimes with a diamond, there's no reason why Götze wouldn't fancy his chances of staking a claim to play next season in attack.
"I'm looking forward to when he joins us in the summer,” he said when asked about Ancelotti's coming appointment in an interview with Goal. “Everything else is difficult to judge from a distance. A star coach like Ancelotti, you have to experience him first for yourself."
An expensive investment
Not only could Ancelotti turn Götze's career around, but the Italian coach may actively be encouraged to make use of the German international instead of looking to similar talents across the continent.
At 23 years of age, Bayern will know that there's still room to get a return on their investment - and a coach like Ancelotti could quite quickly make that possible. The German champions spent around 37 million euros ($40 million) to sign Götze from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and are aware that there's a lot of untapped potential with the attacking midfielder.
Another potential stumbling block for Premier League clubs is his salary. Götze, one of Bayern's highest-earning players, rakes in around 12 millions euros per year, according to "Ruhr Nachrichten," which would almost certainly rule out most teams, leaving only Europe's super-clubs - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and City - who could afford to justify such an investment.
With five European Cups to their name, Liverpool may have the history, coupled with a large international fan base, but for a player of Götze's stature, the idea of no Champions League football or even a domestic championship could well make any potential move a non-starter. To safeguard his place in the German national team, Götze needs to be playing at the highest possible level every week, like Mesut Özil at Arsenal.
In addition, it's clear that Götze is very much at home in Munich – just a short drive from his hometown of Memmingen. He moved to Dortmund at a young age, but his roots have always been in Bavaria. Rooting up for a third time in his professional career at just 23 would perhaps be unsettling for a player who shares accommodation with his brother.
As much as Götze is likely to be on the back pages of England's biggest newspapers from now until the end of the summer transfer window, the chances are that Germany's World Cup hero won't be going anywhere for now.