Marco Reus says he has no immediate intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund, despite reported interest from several major European clubs.
According to Sky Sports, the German international is more than happy to evade the grasp of Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in favour of remaining at his local club:
I live in the here and now and therefore I am delighted to be a player of Borussia Dortmund.
I am under contract with the club until June 2017. Everything else is irrelevant, from my point of view.
Reus has netted six goals and provided four assists in 13 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, according to WhoScored.
The versatile 24-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the world’s most threatening attackers, his pace and deadly finishing ability proving lethal in the Bundesliga, Champions League and at international level for Germany.
Klopp was forced to watch as Mario Gotze headed toward Bayern Munich in the summer and Shinji Kagawa moved to Manchester United in 2012. He will be desperate to ensure Reus doesn't go the same way.
With the Red Devils currently struggling for momentum under David Moyes, comments from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could hint at a possible move for the blonde-haired assassin.
As reported by Massimo Marioni of Metro, Woodward wishes to aid the Premier League champions by snapping up some major signings:
We as a club should be aspiring to have the best players playing for us. We’ve had that in the past. We’re in for players if the manager wants to be.
Nick Lustig of the Daily Star reports the Old Trafford side could be set to trigger Reus’ £34 million buyout clause alongside Arsenal and Manchester City. Such a fee represents excellent business for the explosive player, who still has years to develop his game.
Now that Robert Lewandowski is reportedly being offered to suitors for as little as £7 million, per Jack Wilson of the Express, the German club must do everything they can to ensure Reus' pace continues to light up the Westfalenstadion for years to come.
His potential departure would strike the club particularly hard. Should Klopp be forced to sell the player who was born and raised in Dortmund, BVB's chances of replicating their run to the 2012-13 Champions League final would quickly diminish.