Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze targets starting spot for Germany in Euro 2012

The 19-year-old admitted that displacing the likes of Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller will be a challenge and hinted that he could extend his stay at Signal Iduna Park
Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze is targeting a starting role in Germany's Euro 2012 campaign.

The 19-year-old has emerged as a key player for the Bundesliga champions over the past 18 months and is looking to transfer his domestic form to the national team.

However, his path to the first team is blocked by the likes of Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller and Gotze admits that displacing such established stars will be a challenge.

"A footballer wants to play. And in such a great tournament, everyone is up for it," Gotze told Kicker.

Gotze has been mostly utilised in a playmaking role for Joachim Low's side and believes that he would be able to function in tandem with Mesut Ozil, citing Barcelona's use of multiple creative midfielders as an example.

"Why not? Barcelona have a few creative players and they go from success to success."

Meanwhile, Gotze also stated that his chances of staying at his current club are not contingent on Champions League football.

"The Champions League is a great competition. We will hopefully play a better role in it next season. But my further cooperation with BVB doesn't depend on it.

"Anyone who plays for a club like Dortmund can only imagine extending their stay there. But this isn't a current issue. I wouldn't rule it out, but I won't guarantee it."