Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has had his scheduled farewell at the club cancelled, according to

The Champions League runners-up have called off the official goodbye to prevent provoking and aggravating any Dortmund fans. Gotze agreed to sign for Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in a deal worth €37 million earlier this year, leaving many Dortmund fans disappointed with the German international.

Dortmund had planned to stage an official farewell to thank him for his excellent performances and overall contribution to the club.

The initial proposal for an official goodbye was a scrapped on Saturday after talks with Volker Struth, the 21-year-old's agent. The club were advised to ditch the plans after Struth admitted many Dortmund fans still remain antagonised over his client's switch to the Bundesliga winners.

The attacking-midfielder has been the subject of excessive social media abuse after announcing his move to Bayern Munich. Gotze, who has been unable to feature in any pre-season action for the Bavarians due to a muscular problem, is expected to return to first-team training within the next 10 days.

Gotze will not be travelling to the Signal Iduna Park for the Super Cup clash and will remain in Munich to recover from his injury.


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