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By ESPN Staff

Gladbach hopeful over Dante

Borussia Monchengladbach have not given up hope of keeping Dante despite reports that the defender has agreed a move to Bayern Munich next season.

Monchengladbach, currently second in the Bundesliga, have already lost Marco Reus to Borussia Dortmund and Roman Neustadter to Schalke.

Dante, who has been a commanding figure in the club's transformation from relegation candidates to title challengers, is the latest to attract interest, but director of sport Max Eberl remains hopeful.

"I can report from our talks with Dante and his advisors and we have been in close contact for a long time now," he told kicker magazine. "We want to extend Dante's contract and we are heading in the right direction to achieve something big and therefore be able to offer Dante sporting potential. Dante is an important player in our side."

Gladbach are on course for a place in the Champions League next season with ten points separating them from fifth-placed Werder Bremen with 12 games of the season remaining.

Dante himself has rejected claims he has already agreed to join Bayern.

"The people who claim that the transfer is a done deal obviously know more than I do," he said in TZ. "I have a contract with Gladbach and I'm very happy here.

"Of course, Bayern Munich are a top team, a world-class club. I'm not the only one who says that, though, a lot of players do so. Bayern have some excellent players, and many dream of playing there one day."

Dante's contract still has over two years left to run on it and he has made it clear that money does not play a role in his future planning.

"If it was only down to money, then I would move to Russia," he told the Express newspaper. "I have good contacts over there, but now is not the time to talk about what happens in the summer."

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