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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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Dortmund chief: Gotze will stay

Borussia Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc is "99% certain" that rising star Mario Gotze will not be leaving the club in the summer.

Gotze, who has been capped ten times for Germany after starring for his club on the way to winning last season's Bundesliga, has been strongly linked with a number of big clubs in recent times, with reports of interest from Arsenal circulated as the two sides prepared to meet in the Champions League this week.

However, both the player and his club manager, Jurgen Klopp, have repeatedly said he will not leave the club at the end of the season, and Zorc believes it is now time for the media to put an end to their speculation.

"I am 99% sure Mario Gotze will play next season at Borussia Dortmund," he said. "It surprises me how much ignorance big parts of the media show in the way they handle this subject.

"All the relevant people on this topic - the player, his family, the player's agent and not least us as a club have all said clearly: There will be no transfer for Mario Gotze.

"Now you can throw the topic in a heavy chest and let cobwebs grow on it."

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