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Bayern chose Gotze over Neymar

Bayern Munich fans have celebrated their first UEFA Champions League title in 12 years with a victory march in the city centre.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed that Pep Guardiola wanted to sign Neymar but Bayern suggested the purchase of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund instead.

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Speaking at a podium discussion, Hoeness talked of Bayern's plans to lure Neymar to the Champions League winners, but previous negative experiences with Brazilians made them go after Dortmund midfielder Gotze instead.

"Guardiola had certain ideas to sign a young Brazilian player. But in the past we have not had the best experiences with young Brazilians," Hoeness said during the discussion.

"If you then go and buy someone who costs €20 or €30 million or even more, it is extremely difficult. We have seen that in the Breno case. As he [Guardiola] wanted a similar player [to Neymar] we came up with Mario Gotze."

In early April, Bayern triggered a clause in Gotze's contract and completed the €37 million transfer to Bayern. Directly after the transfer Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp claimed they had no chance to convince Gotze of staying put, saying: "He is a Pep Guardiola favourite."


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