Fresh reports have again claimed Manchester United target Mario Gotze is unhappy at Bayern Munich because of a strained relationship with manager Pep Guardiola, according to former star Giovane Elber.
Elber, who made 265 appearances for the club, believes Gotze has failed to live up to his reputation after earning a big-money move from rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
“There is a huge difference between how he played for Dortmund and how he plays for Bayern,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“You play different when you feel happy somewhere. Everything seems to go automatically then.
“When you are unhappy somewhere, you put too much thought into everything you do. And things simply don’t work out then.
“I don’t know how his relationship with Pep Guardiola is, but Gotze looks a bit like a Brazilian to me.
“You have to flatter him and boost his confidence. You have to tell him that you are there for him to help him.
“It is hard when there are already doubts before the season has even started. Bayern should back him rather than sell him.”