Nicolas Gonzalez has publicly said he wants to leave Stuttgart and is being linked with Dortmund, Leeds and Napoli. But Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo still expects him to stay.
|Nicolas Gonzalez.||Photo: Silesia711, CC-by-SA 4.0|
VfB Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo says he still expects Nicolas Gonzalez to stay even though the 22-year-old recently made it clear that he wants to leave the club.
Borussia Dortmund, Leeds and Napoli are said to be interested in Gonzalez, who has been valued at around €20 million, but Matarazzo hasn't given up on keeping the striker at the newly-promoted Bundesliga side.
"I expect him to stay with us. I don't pay attention to rumors. Right now, Nico is with us, and it's important that we know everything. If anything changes, that's how it's going to be," Matarazzo told Sky.
I value Nico as a player, but also as a person, and I like to pass on my thoughts to him. I want to help him," he added.
Gonzalez made 27 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga last season, scoring 14 goals. His contract with Stuttgart expires in 2023.