Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that midfielder Mario Gotze is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
The German rejoined Dortmund in 2016 after a three-year stay at rivals Bayern Munich, yet has struggled to recapture the form that he enjoyed under Jurgen Klopp in his first spell at Signal Iduna Park.
In that successful spell, Gotze was crucial alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Ilkay Gundogan, as the talented side won the Bundesliga title, as well as reaching the 2013 Champions League final.
However, the World Cup winner will leave this summer, with the club not set to extend his expiring contract.
Dortmund legend Zorc explained that (as quoted by Ronan Murphy): “We will end the cooperation with Mario in the summer. It is a joint decision after a clear conversation. Mario is a really good guy.”
The Germany international seemingly had the world at his feet a few years ago, and after sealing a
€37m move to Bayern in 2013, he helped his country to World Cup glory – scoring the winner in extra-time of the final.
However, after his relatively brief spell in Munich, he returned to Dortmund, yet has seen his game time limited by the emergence of a new crop of stars as well as his struggles with a metabolic disease.
With the likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Braut Haland and Thorgan Hazard currently starring for the club, as well as Gotze’s former teammate Marco Reus, it appears there is little room in the squad for the German, despite his undoubted quality.
With the player still only 27 years old, there may yet still be time to kickstart his career, with a number of clubs likely to take a punt on the forward – particularly with the opportunity to sign him on a free.