Borussia Dortmund signs Mario Götze

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The eight times German Champion Borussia Dortmund has signed the German international Mario Götze (24).

Götze, who scored the German winning goal in the World Cup final against Argentina on the 13th July 2014, is a home grown player who is returning to his home club after three years away at FC Bayern Munich. Subject to his medical that still needs to take place, the attacking midfielder will sign a contract with BVB until the 30th June 2020 and he will start training at the start of August.

Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said “I personally am very happy that Mario has decided on Borussia Dortmund. I always hoped ever since he left in 2013 that he would come back to us one day.” BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc emphasised that “Mario is from Dortmund, he is one of the strongest and most creative midfield players in Europe and he is only 24 years old.” Zorc added: “He had many options open to him and he was aware that he did not make the easiest choice by returning to his hometown club.”

Götze, who can play in may offensive positions, has already won five German Championships and three Cups in his young career. The highlight of his career so far: on the 13th July 2014 he scored the winning goal in extra time of the World Cup final against Argentina in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to help Germany to a 1:0 victory. Götze has scored altogether 17 goals in 56 internationals for the German national side. When he made his debut in November 2010 the Dortmund player was the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler.

His personal statistics in club competitions are also very impressive: Götze has scored 44 goals and made 55 assists in 156 Bundeliga games to date, of which he played the majority for Borussia Dortmund (83). The player who is very strong on the ball has played 43 UEFA Champions League games to date, scoring 11 goals and setting up a further 15 goals.

Mario Götze said: “when I transferred from BVB to FC Bayern in 2013, that was a conscious decision that I do not want to hide behind today. Three years later and in the meantime I am 24 years old, I look at my decision back then in a different light. I can definitely understand that a lot of fans could not understand my decision back then. I would not make a dicision like that again today! If I now return to my home town, I want to convince all the people – especially those who do not welcome me with open arms – with my performances. It is my goal to play the best football I can again. For all of us, the club and for the BVB fans.”

Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “I would like to especially thank Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at this stage. We have done business with Bayern involving three transfers in this transfer window. All our talks were always very serious and there was always trust from both sides.”