Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has advised his fellow countryman Mario Gotze to reject any attractive offers he’s getting from the English Premier League clubs.
In Matthaus’ opinion, Mario Gotze should rather go back to his old love Borussia Dortmund. The 23-year-old striker left Signal Iduna Park in 2013 to join the arch-rival Bayern and that decision brought death threats to him and his family.
Mario broke the hearts of many Borussia Dortmund fans who had loved and respected him dearly.
With his contract left about 12 months to expire and his rejection of contract extension at Bayern Munich due to injuries and lack of time on the pitch, the boyish-looking star knows he will need a long time before he can see first time action again. Now rumors have it that the youngster is set to join his former mentor Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
The Reds are confident of landing the player who scored the World Cup winner against Argentina. The Guardian confirms that Mario Gotze would be available on sale for about $21.3m-$28.4m this summer.
Matthaus had a brief discussion with Bild and aired his opinion on the rumors:
“Gotze back to Dortmund would simply be a good fit. Our World Cup hero is a child of the Borussia Dortmund academy.”
“He might have ruined it for some fans following his move to Bayern but I feel he does not owe anyone an apology over his decision to go for a new challenge elsewhere.”
“Things unfortunately didn’t pan out as everybody expected. But both Gotze and Dortmund know from each other what they bring to the table. He will soon win the fans over again after his first few goals for BVB.”
“Would a return to Dortmund mean he has failed at Bayern? I think that would be harsh to say. He won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and he will win his fifth title in total if Bayern win it this season.”
“These successes with Bayern, in which he had a hand, prove him right for joining them. But it’s also a fact that he has been unable to become an undisputed starter like Thomas Muller.”
“The reason behind all this is not just Gotze’s quality or his mentality. The marriage between Gotze and Bayern was a misunderstanding right from the start.”