According to ESPNFC.com's Stephan Uersfeld, the Mirror's Danny McCann published an article that quoted Reus as saying he wouldn't be following Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich because "money is not everything."
Spanish website sport.es have also fallen foul of the Bundesliga giants after German press ran quotes from the outlet regarding the 24-year-old's future, per Uersfeld's report: "I cannot deny that I feel flattered by the interest from Barcelona, but at the moment I am focused on my current club. At the end of the season, anything is possible.”
Dortmund deny that Reus said either quote, and rather than sit back and allow something similar to happen in future, the club took to their Facebook page to send a clear statement to the media (post in German).
Uersfeld translates sections of the post:
For the second time in the last couple of days, we fumed when looking at the media round-up. The reason is unfair reporting. We think it’s time to say it right out in the open here.
In all honesty, everyone here at BVB loves to work with reputable media -- which is the majority of the guild, across all borders and continents -- but we have been infuriated by the black sheep who make up content.
Reus has been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park for almost as long as he's been back on the books in his native Dortmund. Such is the inevitable burden of his superb talents.
Manchester United are one of several teams to have been linked with the player, and ex-Red Devil Gary Neville feels that Reus would be a good fit at Old Trafford:
It's only natural that transfer speculation arises regarding an influential star, but the club are right to take a stand against fabrication if quotes have indeed been made up by news publications.
Dortmund remain adamant that Reus never made such comments regarding his own future in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Black and Yellows will now see Reus as arguably their top priority in terms of squad members who must be retained. Following the announcement that Lewandowski would be joining Bayern on a free transfer in the summer, per BBC Sport, Reus ranks as one of Jurgen Klopp's most important assets.
This season, the forward has eight goals and five assists to his name from just 15 Bundesliga starts, per Transfermarkt.
As a result, one can understand why Dortmund would take such a staunch stance against quotes that place their man in a negative light, and Reus will likely appreciate his club's protection.