Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs has hinted the club may consider selling Mesut Ozil this summer if they cannot convince the playmaker to sign a new contract.
Ozil, 21, was nominated for the Golden Ball award after enjoying a tremendous World Cup campaign for Germany in which he scored against Ghana and acted as the creative pivot for Joachim Low's side.
His displays in South Africa have naturally led to speculation that some of Europe's top clubs are hoping to lure Ozil away from Bremen and the Bundesliga side are not in a strong bargaining position as the player only has one year remaining on his contract.
Allofs previously said he would rather see Ozil's contract expire in 12 months than lose the player now, but with the midfielder potentially commanding a fee in the region of €25 million, that stance may be reconsidered.
"We would like to extend Mesut medium or even long term," Allofs told Bild. "But if this is not possible and it results in another situation, we have to deal with it."
Ozil started his career at Schalke but joined Bremen in January 2008. He said on July 12 he plans to see out his contract with his current club this season.