Marco Reus left the door open for a transfer to Manchester United after refusing to commit his future to Borussia Dortmund during an awards ceremony.
The German international, who has won just a single trophy since joining Dortmund in 2012, stressed the importance of players making the most of their relatively short careers, as reported by Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mail:
It's like that in this business. Every player only has one career and wants to get the best out of it. You have to decide what's best for you. We'll see about that. Every footballer has his goals and is dreaming of winning titles. At the end of your career, you want to be able to say that you've won many titles.
Reus spoke to an audience after being voted Dortmund's Player of the Season by German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.
While it is public knowledge Reus is yet to agree a new deal at the club, the previous comments of Dortmund executive Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed the exciting forward possesses a release clause in his current deal, as noted during an interview from November 2013, per SPORT1media and via Thomas Zocher of Sky Sports:
"Marco Reus possesses a release clause option in his current contract at our club," said Watzke. "He could leave our club due to that. He is, however, the only player in our first-team squad that has such a contract clause."
Speaking recently, Watzke indicated he isn't nervous about the prospect of losing Reus, who he believes is enjoying his time at the Westfalenstadion. "Marco likes it here with us very much and knows what he has with this extraordinary club," said Watzke, per the club's official website.
Reus has netted 21 goals and provided 15 assists in 38 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions League this season, recorded by WhoScored.com. Despite his consistent excellence across the past few seasons, Bayern Munich's dominance has halted his chances of gaining trophies.
Although he won the DFL Supercup in 2013 with a 4-2 triumph over the Bavarian giants, Reus finished on the losing side in 2012. More prominently, he was part of the team that lost last year's Champions League final to the team that wrapped up this year's Bundesliga title in record time.
Interest in Reus is likely to galvanise during the World Cup. Should United's new boss—widely expected to be Louis van Gaal, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian—wish to make a move, he would be wise to do so before the tournament begins.
Reus can end speculation by inking a new contract with Dortmund, or indeed, publicly stating it is his intention to stay. While his assessment that "every player only has one career" lends itself to him leaving for silverware, it could also mean he is conscious of the difficulty encountered by those who have left Jurgen Klopp's side.
Both Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa failed to impact upon exit, with the latter currently struggling to make an impression at United.
Reus is the type of signing that would finally see the English club make up for letting Cristiano Ronaldo go. Fans are yet to receive a world-class replacement for the Ballon d'Or winner, as Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young continue with poor performances along United's wing.
This is a historic symbol for the club—a position laced with memories of Ronaldo, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs—suggesting a quality No. 7 needs to be added quickly. If he can be convinced, Reus can be that man.
United's summer looks set to be mighty interesting. The new boss is sure to make major improvements throughout the squad and will need to convince a handful of star names that Old Trafford's future will be laden with success.
Should Reus become available, this type of promise may be enough to lure him away from Dortmund's clutches.
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