Gotze to leave Dortmund

Mario Gotze will leave Borussia Dortmund for a second time this summer, the club have confirmed.

The 27-year-old has made just five Bundesliga starts this campaign and a further 10 appearances from the bench.

Germany’s hero in the 2014 World Cup final has not hit the heights of his first spell since returning to Signal Iduna Park in 2016. Gotze came through the club’s youth system, making his debut as a 17-year-old under Jurgen Klopp back in 2009.

The talented forward was a key part of the side that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 before joining rivals Bayern Munich the following year.

After featuring in less than half of their games during the 2015-16 season, Bayern Munich sold Gotze back to the North Rhine-Westphalia club.

The 63-time German international has barely featured in Lucien Favre’s side this season, competing against the likes of Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt in a talented attacking side.

BVB sporting director Michael Zorc has been quoted by the BBC as saying the club are letting Mario Gotze go when his contract expires over the summer:

“We will part ways with Mario this summer. It was a mutual and respectful decision. He’s a great man.

Mario Gotze came on for the final three minutes of Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 thrashing of rivals Schalke 04 last weekend but was an unused substitute in their 2-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg earlier today.