The father of Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze has discussed Liverpool’s reported interest in his son.
Gotze has long been linked with a move away from Bayern, with his contract at the Allianz Arena expiring next summer.
The German has endured a difficult season, starting just 11 Bundesliga games, and struggling for form and fitness.
Arsenal and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the 23-year-old recently, but Liverpool are thought to be leading the race.
Discussing the claims with German outlet Suddeutsche Zeitung, Gotze’s father, aptly named Jurgen, said the links with Liverpool were news to him.
“I don’t know anything about an alleged imminent transfer to Liverpool,” he said. “Mario is my son, we talk to each other. I would know about it.”
Gotze confirmed on Monday that he was willing to stay and fight for his place under incoming Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, this despite the Italian having reportedly informed Gotze his services were no longer required in Germany.
“Despite contrary reports, I had a very good phone call with Ancelotti,” Gotze said. “And I am looking forward to working with him.”