German attacker Mario Götze has completed the move back from Bayern Munich to boyhood club Borussia Dortmund. The German side have signed Götze back from Bayern Munich for a fee of around €26m after selling him to the Bavarian club for €37m in 2013. Götze has signed a 4-year contract with Borussia Dortmund that will see him stay at the Westfalenstadion until 2020.
Dortmund announced the signing earlier today in a statement on their official website, “Borussia Dortmund have re-signed 24-year-old Germany international Mario Götze. The transfer will see Götze return home after three years at Bayern Munich. Subject to a medical, which has yet to be completed, the attacking midfielder will sign a contract with the club until 30 June 2020 and recommence training at the beginning of August.”
The move is a controversial one, as Mario Götze was seen as a Judas by many Dortmund fans when he left the club to join rivals Bayern Munich 3 years ago. However, it makes sense for the player to come back to Dortmund as he failed to make any impact at Bayern Munich and fell way down the pecking order at the club.
In a statement on his official Facebook page, Mario Götze revealed that he regrets his initial move away from Dortmund in 2013 and hopes to get the fans back on his side. “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,” said Mario Götze. “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.”
Mario Götze becomes the 7th player to make the move to Borussia Dortmund this summer after the side has already captured the likes of Marc Bartra, Raphaël Guerrero, Sebastian Rode, and Ousmane Dembélé.