Mario Gotze is leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of his contract this summer, with the club describing his exit as a ‘mutual and respectful decision.’
The 27-year-old started his professional career at Dortmund before spending three years at Bayern Munich from 2013-16.
He returned to Dortmund but his second spell at the club is coming to an end, with the club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, hinting that the winger will be looking abroad for his next move.
‘We will part ways with Mario Gotze this summer,’ Zorc told Sky Germany. ‘It was a mutual and respectful decision. Mario is a great man.
‘He is a very good player who comes from our own youth system.
‘But it is also in his spirit that he is looking for a new job. Maybe abroad.’
Gotze strongly hinted at a move when he switched to top agent Reza Fazeli from International Soccer Management (ISM) in April, who were seemingly tasked with finding him a new club in the summer.
‘First of all, I hope according to the circumstances that you and your loved ones are doing well in the present situation,’ said the 2014 World Cup final goal-scorer.
‘Today I would like to announce that after intensive consideration, I have decided to make a change in the planning of my career. I have consciously taken my time over this step.
‘It is an important decision for my sporting future and I am very much looking forward to working with Reza Fazeli and his agency International Soccer Management (ISM), whose professional competence has absolutely convinced me.
‘What the sporting future will bring will only become apparent when a little normality has returned to the world.’
Gotze turns 28 in June and has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, hinting at a link-up with former boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
The pair shared a good relationship at Dortmund together and remain close.
‘I’m still in touch with Jurgen,’ Gotze told DAZN earlier this year. ‘At that time, I was just 17 and coming up from the youth team.
‘He taught me everything about professional football. He let me play. I often speak to Klopp. We never stopped talking.
‘He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges.’
Gotze has played just 14 Bundesliga games this season, scoring three goals.
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