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Mario Götze rejoins Borussia Dortmund

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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.”

The 24-year-old Germany international’s contract with FCB was scheduled to expire on 30 June 2017. In his three seasons with FC Bayern he won the German championship three times (2014, 2015, 2016), the DFB Cup twice (2014, 2016), the FIFA Club World Cup (2013) and the UEFA Super Cup (2013).

Götze scored 22 goals in a total of 73 Bundesliga appearances for Germany’s record champions, with nine goals in 26 Champions League matches and four goals in 10 DFB Cup appearances.

Borussia Dortmund Confirm Signing of Mario Gotze From Bayern Munich

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 24: Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on April 24, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich, the 24-year-old returning to the club where he made his name just three years after leaving for the Allianz Arena.

In a statement on their official website, the Bundesliga side confirmed that Gotze will sign a four-year deal at the club, subject to an upcoming medical.

Quoted in the statement, Gotze said: “When I transferred from Dortmund to Bayern in 2013, it was a conscious decision I made and I will not hide behind it. Three years later, and at 24 years old, I look with different eyes at my former decision. I can well understand that many fans could not understand my decision. I would not make the choice today!

“When I return to my home, I want to try to convince all people – especially those who do not receive me with open arms – by my performances. My aim is to play again my best football. For all of us, the club and the BVB fans.”

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke also commented on the signing, saying: “I am personally very pleased that Mario has decided to Borussia Dortmund. Ever since his departure in 2013, I have always hoped that he will one day return to us.

Sporting director Michael Zorc added: “Mario is a Dortmund player, one of the most creative midfielders in Europe and only 24 years old. He had multiple transfer options and made a conscious decision to return to his hometown club, which was not easy.”

With the flow of players between Bayern and Dortmund continuing apace this summer, Watzke added: “My thanks at this point go to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. We have negotiated three transfers with Bayern in this transfer window. All our conversations were marked by great professionalism and mutual trust.”

 

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