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European qualification, honours 2016-17

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Allofs: We'd succeed without Gustavo

Wolfsburg would like to sign Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich – but can have a good season even if they miss out on him, general manager Klaus Allofs has told kicker.

Luiz Gustavo joined Bayern from Hoffenheim.
Gustavo is a Wolfsburg target.

Midfielder Gustavo, who could leave the treble-winners in the summer, has been heavily linked with a move to Wolfsburg in recent days, but has said he wants to stay and fight for his place at Munich.

And Allofs, who said his club would battle to sign the player, said: "It is always a question of opportunity, otherwise we wouldn't be discussing the Luiz Gustavo issue. If we don't make any more moves now, I'd still have a good feeling about the strength of our squad."

Wolfsburg went ten games without defeat at the end of last season, and many have tipped them to finish in the top three next season.

"If you take a look at our squad, you realise this could be a successful team," Allofs added. "I see that statement as an estimation, and don't feel it puts extra pressure on us."

Allofs became the first general manager to make a direct switch from one Bundesliga club to another last season when he left Werder Bremen.

He wants to improve Wolfsburg's image – many in Germany see them as an 'artificial' club because they are owned by Volkswagen – and said: "Wolfsburg is misjudged. There are prejudices which makes it more difficult for us to win sympathy than other clubs.

"I don't have the impression we are disliked – but we want to remove prejudices. We want to show Germany we are different and we do a good job."

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