Mario Gotze must be left alone - Bayern Munich's Matthias Sammer

Bayern Munich sporting executive Matthias Sammer said the discussion around Mario Gotze must end, saying: "Leave the lad alone for a while."

Gotze, 23, has been linked with a move away from Bayern this summer amid interest from Juventus, having fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola last season.

The Germany international was on the bench for Bayern's Bundesliga opener against Hamburg on Friday night, replacing Arjen Robben 65 minutes into the 5-0 victory, while new signing Douglas Costa played the full 90 minutes.

Former Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld had previously warned that the club could lose their German mentality by marginalising the likes of Gotze, told Sky on Sunday: "When you fully trust Gotze then you don't sign Costa."

There has been widespread discussion about the club's treatment of Gotze, with Bayern having suggested on several occasions that they would have been open to a sale before the player told the club he was determined to stay.

Sammer told reporters: "Let's agree on one thing, which is to let Mario just play football for once, whether he has more time on the pitch or a bit less. After every match, Mario and I have to answer questions.

"We've had positive talks with him. He has our trust. Now leave the lad alone for a while."

Sammer was speaking after a charity match at his hometown club Dynamo Dresden that was set up to help the financially troubled third-tier team.

The German champions fielded an experimental starting XI including backup keeper Sven Ulreich and 17-year-old Fabian Benko in attack, as well as Gotze, Dante and Sebastian Rode.

Gotze played for 81 minutes in the 3-1 win before being substituted, and Sammer said: "He played well -- he was very involved with the game, just as we want him to be."

Sammer said it was striking that nobody asked any questions about Dante or Rode despite the duo failing to make the squad for the victory over Hamburg.

He added: "Let me tell you one thing, if you want to win a major trophy, you really need those players.

"You can question things, but having to answer the same questions over and over does not help anyone. We embrace Mario. Thank you very much."