After weeks of negotiations and speculations both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund today officially announced that German international Mario Götze is leaving FC Bayern to rejoin BVB for an undisclosed fee which is speculated to be around 26 million Euros.
Mario Götze said, “When I completed the switch from BVB to FC Bayern in 2013, it was a conscious decision and one that I do not wish to hide from today. Three years later, and now at 24 years of age, I am able to see the decision I made back then differently. I can understand the fact that many fans were unable to understand my decision. Nowadays I wouldn’t make the same choice again! If I am now to return to my hometown club, then I want to try to win everyone over – especially those who do not welcome me back with open arms – with my performances. My objective is to get back to playing my best football. For all of us, the club and the BVB fans.”
Subject to a medical, which has yet to be completed, the attacking midfielder will sign a contract with Dortmund until June 30, 2020 and recommence training at the beginning of August after his break following Euro 2016.
“Personally, I’m absolutely delighted that Mario has chosen to come back to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I’ve always hoped that he would return to the club one day,” said Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, while BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc emphasised that “Mario is Dortmund born and bred, one of the best creative midfielders in Europe and still only 24 years old. He had several transfer options on the table and he consciously chose a path that would certainly not be an easy one, a return to his hometown club.”
Mario Götze is leaving FC Bayern to rejoin his former club Borussia Dortmund, where he played between 2001 and 2013.
“The negotiations were very fair and serious. We’d like to thank Borussia Dortmund, Mario, his father as well as his agent for that,” said FC Bayern München AG chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “I think the transfer is a good solution for all parties. FC Bayern thanks Mario Götze for three years wearing the Bayern shirt and wishes him all the best for the future.”
Götze’s personal record at club level shows 44 goals in his 156 Bundesliga matches so far, also having made 43 UEFA Champions League appearances, scoring 11 goals.