Mario Gotze reveals dream to play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona as he issues come-and-get-me transfer plea

MARIO GOTZE appears to have delivered a come-and-get-me transfer plea to Barcelona as he revealed his dream of playing alongside Lionel Messi.

The 28-year-old hit the big time in 2014 as he scored the World Cup-winning goal for Germany.

However, persistent fitness issues have hampered his career over recent years after he moved back to Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016.

Gotze left the German side last year and headed to Dutch giants PSV looking to revive his career.

The attacking midfielder has produced glimpses of the talents that made him one of the most-sought after players on the planet.

That has led to talk of a return to the national squad for the first time in three years for this summer’s European Championship.

Gotze also revealed he still harbours hopes of playing at the very top level – and he admitted Barcelona would be his first choice.

He told 11Freunde: “To celebrate possession football with this [Barca] team, alongside Lionel Messi, that would be a dream.

“I want to play the Champions League again.”

And on a potential Germany recall, Gotze added: “The best German players should come together in the national team, otherwise it will be difficult to survive against the big nations.


“It is clear that in order to be called up again, I have to perform consistently.”

Gotze has scored six goals in 23 matches for PSV this term and says he is willing to sit down to discuss an extension to his deal there.

But he will only stay beyond 2022 if boss Roger Schmidt remains at the club.

He added: “If Roger wanted to leave, I would worry.

“We have agreed with PSV that we will sit down on an extraordinary offer.”

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