Mario Gotze has told German newspaper SportBild that he will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer at the end of his contract as he looks for pastures new – less than a fortnight after he was tipped to join Everton or West Ham United.
Dortmund’s number 10 has managed just 19 appearances this season, scoring three goals. His form is a far cry from netting the winner in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, and now he looks set to leave Dortmund.
The 63-time Germany international is somewhat prone to injury, suffering upper leg and pelvis injuries throughout his career. In 2017, he was diagnosed with a metabolism disorder – which is believed to be the cause of the injuries, and his fall from grace.
Gotze struggled during his time at Bayern Munich and following his return to Dortmund, he has been nothing short of a fringe player. The German told Bild that he will now leave Dortmund – and has changed agents.
“After intensive considerations, I decided to make a change in the sporting planning of my career. I deliberately took the necessary time for this step because it is an important step for me to set the course for the future,” Gotze said.
“I am very much looking forward to working with Reza Fazeli and his agency International Soccer Management, whose professional competence has convinced me.”
Still only 27, Gotze is likely to be one of the most-fancied free agents in European football. A move to the Premier League could materialise, and the former Bayern ace has been tipped to join either Everton or West Ham in the past few weeks.
Bayern Munich legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told SportBuzzer in March that Gotze will join a middle of the road Premier League side, such as Everton or West Ham – or similar in Serie A and Germany.
“I’m thinking of clubs like Everton, West Ham or Italian middle class clubs. In the Bundesliga he could go to Borussia Mönchengladbach or Leverkusen,” Rummenigge said.
It remains to be seen whether Everton or West Ham will join the race for Gotze, who is said to be earning pretty hefty wages at Dortmund following his return to the club.