Mario Gotze has fuelled speculation over a reunion with Jurgen Klopp by admitting he could leave Bayern Munich this summer.
Liverpool boss Klopp was in charge of Borussia Dortmund when Gotze came through the ranks to emerge as one of German football’s top attacking talents.
Gotze left for Bayern in 2013 and went on to score the winning goal in World Cup final the following year, and his current contract has 18 months to run.
But the 23-year-old told German newspaper Sport Bild his future is uncertain in the wake of the news Carlo Ancelotti will replace Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, and his admiration for Klopp remains.
“I know Jurgen Klopp well,” said Gotze, out injured since October. “I’ve worked under him. He is a very good coach, definitely.
“It’s all open, how to proceed after the season. I have a contract until 2017, but of course, it is important how the new coach feels about me.
“I have not really given my future much thought recently because of my injury, but everything is open as things stand. It all depends on the plans of the club and the new coach.”