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Marco Reus almost moved to Bayern Munich in 2011

How much would things be different if Bayern followed through with its pursuit of Marco Reus in 2011?

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According to a report in SportBild (as captured by, Bayern Munich made an attempt to bring in Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, when he was a young player developing with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Per the story, Bayern was negotiating with Reus’ representatives before consulting with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm, who both objected to a potential acquisition.

Volker Struth, Reus’s advisor, went to Säbener Straße in spring 2011. Contents of the interview: the status of negotiations with BVB. The Munich-based club was aware of the 17.5 million euro opt-out clause in Reus’ Gladbach contract and was considering drawing it out.

It was not just Bayern’s brass rolling out the red carpet, but also then-coach Jupp Heynckes.

The Bundesliga industry leader’s interest was supposedly so great that the then coach Jupp Heynckes invited the wooed offensive player to his home in December 2011 to convince him of a change.

In the end, however, there were some lingering doubts on the roster about Reus’ commitment to winning.

But in the end this did not happen. According to SportBild, leading players like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm spoke out against Reus. According to (SportBild), the Dortmund native did not have the “winning gene.”

Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke is glad the aforementioned moved never went down and is eager to see Reus finish his career at Westfalenstadion as told to SportBild.

This is neither a wish nor a dream, it will come like this! Marco is captain - with his crew. For him, Borussia is more than just an employer. He is a Dortmund boy. You feel that it’s his club.

As for now, Reus also seems content to finish his career with Dortmund as well, as told to SportBild.

It could well be possible. You never know what the future holds, but I have a long contract. Therefore, nothing speaks against it.

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