Gotze: I will play wherever Guardiola needs me

The versatile attacker is happy with his current situation at Bayern Munich and does not have a preferred position to play

Mario Gotze has insisted that he is happy with life at Bayern Munich and added that he will play wherever head coach Pep Guardiola needs him.

The Germany international started as a false-nine in Bayern’s 2-0 Bundesliga win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday after previously featuring on the wing and as an attacking midfielder.

However, Gotze has stressed that he does not have any preferred position.

“I am feeling well up front. There’s not much of a difference with the other positions I’ve played in. The most important thing is that all positions are occupied,” the former Borussia Dortmund star told Spox.

“The coach plays me wherever he thinks is best. I am feeling fine as a forward, but also on the wings. It’s not really an issue for me.

“I am very happy to be at Bayern Munich. We have a great coach and an amazing squad. We have a few nice things coming up and we are really looking forward to it.”

Gotze, 21, has netted five goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances so far this term.

Bundesliga announces record profits

The German top flight is celebrating a ninth successive annual turnover record, breaking all previous highs in 2012-13

The Bundesliga made a record €383.5 million profit in 2012-13, the Deutsche Fussball League (DFL) has announced.

The figures, released on Tuesday as part of the Bundesliga Report 2014, highlight further fantastic growth in the German top flight, with the DFL also revealing that the league recorded a ninth successive turnover record during last season. A total of €2.17 billion marked a 4.4 per cent gain on 2011-12.

“The Bundesliga is succeeding in the split between top level sports performance and economic rationality, especially compared to others in Europe,” said Christian Seifert, CEO of the DFL.

“Thanks also to the further increases with the media contracts that take effect this season, the league is on the road to extending its position as the second-strongest earning football league in Europe.”

Further evidence of the economic stability is the confirmation that player salaries for 2012-13 were equal to just 39 per cent of total revenue.

The 2.Bundesliga also recorded excellent economic growth for last season, with a €419.4m turnover marking a 9.1% annual gain.

Bayern Munich were triumphant in the Bundesliga in 2012-13, winning the league some 25 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, before going on to beat BVB 2-1 in the Champions League final at Wembley in May.

Guardiola: Nobody guaranteed to start

Mario Mandzukic was left out of the squad for Friday’s game against Gladbach and his boss has refused to give him assurances over his future

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players that none of them are guaranteed a place in his first team.

Mario Mandzukic was left out of the squad for the victory over Borussia Monchengladbach last Friday, prompting speculation over his future, but has been included for Wednesday’s trip to Stuttgart.

Guardiola says that the striker remains a valued part of his team, but cannot be offered any guarantees as to whether he will feature from the start.

“We have a big squad, one or two players won’t be included in the squad every week,” he told reporters.

“He’s a great player, but that’s the case with all of our players, otherwise they wouldn’t be here. You know my decision, my opinion. Something I need these players, sometimes others. I need to make a decision.”

Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Mandzukic’s relationship remains as strong as ever after 18 successful months in Bavaria.

“We had a good discussion with Mario’s agent. Our relationship is basically good. And don’t forget that Mandzukic had a big impact in 2013.

“Guardiola said Mandzu will be back if he trains well.”

Bayern Munich and Stuttgart kick off at the Mercedes Benz Arena at 20:00CET on Wednesday.

Guardiola in two minds over Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic was left out of the squad for Friday’s game against Gladbach and his boss has refused to give him assurances over his future

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has warned his players that none of them are guaranteed a place in his first team.

Mario Mandzukic was left out of the squad for the victory over Borussia Monchengladbach last Friday, prompting speculation over his future, but has been included for Wednesday’s trip to Stuttgart.

Guardiola says that the striker remains a valued part of his team, but cannot be offered any guarantees as to whether he will feature from the start.

“We have a big squad, one or two players won’t be included in the squad every week,” he told reporters.

“He’s a great player, but that’s the case with all of our players, otherwise they wouldn’t be here. You know my decision, my opinion. Something I need these players, sometimes others. I need to make a decision.”

Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Mandzukic’s relationship remains as strong as ever after 18 successful months in Bavaria.

“We had a good discussion with Mario’s agent. Our relationship is basically good. And don’t forget that Mandzukic had a big impact in 2013.

“Guardiola said Mandzu will be back if he trains well.”

Bayern Munich and Stuttgart kick off at the Mercedes Benz Arena at 20:00CET on Wednesday.

Guardiola undecided on Mandzukic

The Croatia international was left out of the squad for Friday’s game against Gladbach and his boss has refused to give him assurances over his future

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is undecided as to whether he will select Mario Mandzukic to play against Stuttgart on Wednesday.

The Croatia international was left out of the squad for the victory over Borussia Monchengladbach last Friday, prompting speculation over his future, particularly with Robert Lewandowski set to join the club in the summer.

Guardiola says that the striker remains a valued part of his team, but cannot be offered any guarantees as to whether he will feature from the start.

“I will wait until after the final training session and decide afterwards,” he told reporters.

“We have a big squad, one or two players won’t be included in the squad every week.

“He’s a great player, but that’s the case with all of our players, otherwise they wouldn’t be here. You know my decision, my opinion. Something I need these players, sometimes others. I need to make a decision.”

Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Mandzukic’s relationship remains as strong as ever after 18 successful months in Bavaria.

“We had a good discussion with Mario’s agent. Our relationship is basically good. And don’t forget that Mandzukic had a big impact in 2013.

“Guardiola said Mandzu will be back if he trains well.”

Bayern Munich and Stuttgart kick off at the Mercedes Benz Arena at 20:00CET on Wednesday.