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Mario Götze: "The last two years were not easy for me"

The 23-year-old addresses his place with Bayern, while Pep Guardiola reaffirms his desire for him to stay.

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After scoring his first preseason goal, Mario Götze addressed his place in the club after Bayern Munich's 3-0 victory against AC Milan.

"It was not easy for me the last two years," Götze said [Sport1]. "I played a very good game today. We well first see what happens.

"It will emerge whether the manager will speak more often with me. I will take things as they come, everything else we will see."

Götze played all 90 minutes of Bayern's Audi Cup semifinal victory, including scoring in the 74th minute to double Bayern's lead. After playing with Germany in UEFA Euro Qualifiers, Götze has  made two starts this preseason in five appearances. He did not address his future with the club directly, saying "we will have to see on that as well" before deflecting other inquiries. "It was a positive evening and a good feeling for me. We are in the final, that is what is important today."

Juventus are a club interested in transferring for Götze, but the 23-year-old has reportedly rejected an offer from the Italian champions, despite reports in Italy he agreed to a five-year deal. Both Bayern and Juventus denied in late July there were negations on a possible transfer for Götze. Arsenal and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in Götze's services.

Pep Guardiola has previously voiced his desire to keep Götze, and he reaffirmed that stance on Tuesday as well.

"Götze is one of my favorite players, a super type and a super professional," said Guardiola. "But the players need to impress me on the field – that's true for everybody."

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