Bochum warn Man Utd & Arsenal off German wonderkid Goretzka
German club Vfl Bochum have insisted they have no intention of losing their highly-rated teenager Leon Goretzka as speculation intensifies linking the midfielder with a move to a major European club.
Goretzka, 17, made his breakthrough into the Bochum first-team this season and has started his senior career in impressive form; scoring on debut and starting every game this campaign.
The talented midfielder’s displays have not gone unnoticed, however, with scouts from Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal, and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich all present for Bochum’s last match against 1860 Munich.
And in light of the interest from some of Europe’s powerhouses, Bochum sporting director Jens Todt has issued a hands-off warning, by claiming they have no intention of losing Goretzka.
“We absolutely do not plan to give up Leon,” Todt said.
“He should play for Bochum for many more years.”
Goretzka has been capped for Germany at every level up to under-19, and captained the under-17 side at the European Championships in Serbia earlier this year, scoring in the final against the Netherlands before the Germans lost on penalties.