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Bayern Prefer Gotze To Neymar

Bayern Munich opted to sign Mario Gotze ahead of new Barcelona man, Neymar.

Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Champions League winners Bayern all courted Neymar for the past two seasons, but it was the La Liga champions who ultimately secured his expensive signature.

Bayern have now revealed that incoming manager Pep Guardiola had wanted to bring Neymar with him to the Allianz Arena, but decision makers there convinced him that buying Bavarian born Gotze was a better bet.

Club president Uli Hoeness says that problems with young Brazilians in the past (meaning defender Breno, who was arrested for burning his own house down), as well as Neymar’s huge transfer fee, put the club off.

"Guardiola had certain ideas to sign a young Brazilian player. But in the past we have not had the best experiences with young Brazilians," Hoeness said.

"If you then go and buy someone who costs €20 or €30 million or even more, it is extremely difficult.

“We have seen in the Breno case. As he [Guardiola] wanted a similar player [to Neymar] we came up with Mario Gotze."

Gotze may not have been at the centre of quite as much hype as Neymar, but he is certainly an extremely talented player, who Bayern are lucky to have.

And when the news of Gotze’s transfer to Bayern broke, his former coach at Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp, made it clear that it did not take Guardiola long to warm to the purchase.

"He is a Pep Guardiola favourite," Klopp said, explaining why Dortmund had failed to convince Gotze to stay.

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