The player has struggled to regain his place in the starting XI
Mario Gotze was on top of the world when he fired Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil in 2014 with a dramatic extra-time winner against Argentina. But he has endured a difficult four years since then.
The rest of his time at Bayern Munich didn’t went well as he struggled for regular game time and failed to make impact. He returned back to his former club Borussia Dortmund in 2016 in order to get more first team football.
The Germany International showed glimpses of his talent last season, scoring 2 goals and assisting 6 in 32 games. But still didn’t went the way he was hoping for and even missed a place in the Germany World Cup squad.
The 26 year old was linked with an exit before the transfer deadline as it was suggested he was looking to kickstart his career. He reportedly wanted to move to Premier League and was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.
The midfielder has struggled to regain his place at Dortmund due to competition for places in Lucien Favre’s team and is yet to feature in the Bundesliga so far this season.
Lothar Matthaus has urged Gotze to leave the club to restart his career and feels he lacks the quality to make into the Starting XI.
“His form, which he had before the 2014 World Cup and included his winning goal in the final, is behind him,” Matthaus told Sky Sports in Germany.
“For him, you would have to invent a system at Borussia Dortmund that does not exist right now.
“He has since been with two clubs and played under several coaches – so it is not on the coach.”
“Mario is missing the quality and the right position at the moment,” He added. “He does not have the defensive qualities as an eight, and [Dortmund coach] Lucien Favre does not have a nine and a half as he once explained.”