Dortmund put Reus contract talks on hold

The Bundesliga giants are putting their form on the pitch first before entering contract talks with their star man, whose performances have made him coveted across Europe

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has admitted the club have put contract talks with Marco Reus on hold for the foreseeable future in order to focus on their performances on the pitch.

The Germany international has a contract with BVB until the summer of 2017, but he has a buyout clause in his existing deal that would allow him to leave the club for €25 million (£19.7m) at the end of the season.

Bayern Munich are closely monitoring Reus' situation, with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealing earlier this month that the Bundesliga champions will discuss a move for the 25-year-old "internally and calmly", while Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have also been touted as potential destinations should he leave Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund are keen to offer Reus a new and improved deal without a buyout clause but negotiations have been put on the back burner for now due to the club's poor start to the 2014-15 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp's men currently sit 15th in the Bundesliga table with just seven points from nine games.

"Nothing has changed about our intentions to continue our collaboration with Marco," Zorc told Sport Bild.

"But the current situation demands full focus from everybody at the club. Our biggest priority at the moment is to get out of this difficult situation. Everything else comes after that for now."

Reus recently returned to match action after shaking of an ankle injury. He has scored three goals in seven appearances for Dortmund so far this season.