Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the transfer of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich has been agreed for two weeks.
Klopp claims to have been made aware of the deal the day after Dortmund secured their place in the UEFA Champions League semi-final with a dramatic last-minute victory over Malaga, a game in which Gotze was hugely influential.
“I knew [about the transfer] the day after the Malaga second leg,” Klopp told reporters.
“So I had 24 hours to be happy about that result.”
The German coach explained that the forthcoming arrival of Pep Guardiola at Bayern was a strong factor in convincing the playmaker to join their rivals, despite having picked up two league winners medals at Dortmund in the previous two seasons.
“Gotze was a player Guardiola wished to sign,” Klopp continued.
“He [Gotze] knows he owes a lot to the club, but I know he gave a lot back as well.
“Gotze wanted to work with an extraordinary coach. I cannot teach the ‘Tika-taka’ ways of Guardiola.”
With the news coming on the brink of Dortmund’s semi-final with Real Madrid, Klopp was quick to reassure fans that it would not affect their preparations and encouraged them to get behind his side.
“Nobody needs to worry about our focus,” he added. “If anything, it is sharper than ever.
“Leave negative emotions at home, let’s make this a special BVB night.”