We want Reus to become a Dortmund icon - Watzke

The Bundesliga giants have no intention to sell the highly rated attacker amid ongoing reports linking him with a summer transfer
By Stefan Doring

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has made it clear that the Bundesliga outfit are determined to hold on to Marco Reus and want the Germany international to become a club icon.

Reus has been linked with clubs such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal in the past few months, but Dortmund are not thinking about cashing in on the versatile attacker any time soon.

"Marco is a boy from Dortmund. His feet are on the ground and his heart is in the right place. Despite his success, he decided himself to stay," Watzke said when speaking to Goal after Reus finished 15th in the Goal 50.

"We hope that he becomes an icon in his hometown and that he can look back on many unforgettable moments and titles here at the end of his career.

"He is a worldclass player. He is quick, a real goal-threat and possesses great skills. Plus Marco is a leader."

Reus has a contract with BVB until June 2017, but has a limited fee release clause that allows him to leave for €35 million in the summer of 2015.

The attacker has scored 30 goals in 62 Bundesliga appearances since his return to Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012.


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