Mario Gotze has praised former managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola as their current sides compete for the Premier League title.

Gotze worked under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before making a big transfer move to Bayern Munich, where he played in Guardiola’s side.

And with both his former bosses going head to head for the league title, Gotze was eager to highlight why each of them are “outstanding” managers.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – JULY 22: Daniel Sturridge #15 of Liverpool pushes away Mario Gotze #10 of Borussia Dortmund to control the ball during an International Champions Cup match at Bank of America Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Bob Leverone/Getty Images)

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“They are difficult to compare because they pursue different philosophies,” Gotze said. “The fact is that both are extremely successful.

“I am grateful to have worked with two such outstanding coaches. I watch the games of both teams as often as possible, the title fight in the Premier League is extremely exciting.”

Gotze, who was linked with a move to Liverpool before returning to Dortmund, also revealed that he remains in contact with the Reds boss.

“He [Klopp] knew that I wanted to leave Bayern. Of course, we talked. He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges,” Gotze said.

“I often speak to Klopp,. He brought me to the first team when I was 17 and he made it all possible. We never stopped talking.”

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