Mario Gotze turned down an offer from David Beckham's Inter Miami in order to carry on playing in Europe.
The 28-year-old departed Borussia Dortmund after the expiration of his contract earlier this summer, and is now on the lookout for a new home.
According to Bild (via the Mail), Inter Miami offered Gotze the chance to move to MLS - only for the German to turn them down. Beckham is understood to have offered the playmaker a salary of around £5.3m-per-year but even this generous offer was not enough to convince him to move.
Gotze was once the great hope for German football, and he was even dubbed the 'German Messi' during the early stages on his career. However, after a promising start at Dortmund, his career somewhat stagnated after moving to Bayern Munich in 2013 and netting the winning goal in the World Cup final a year later.
Although the trophies kept on coming there was always a feeling that he had not quite fulfilled his potential. Even a move back to Dortmund did not rejuvenate his career with Gotze reported to be struggling with a metabolic problem in 2018. During the 2019/20 season he made just 15 Bundesliga appearances, scoring three goals.
Gotze will be hoping his next move helps him find the form of his younger years. It is understood that the former Bayern man wants to remain in Europe with several well known clubs interested in securing his services on a free. Monaco, Sevilla, Fiorentina, Milan and Roma have all been mentioned but reports linking him with Liverpool are wide of the mark.
After being scoffed at by Gotze, Inter Miami will now turn their attention to other high-profile targets with 33-year-old Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi close to securing a move.