Germany's World Cup hero Mario Gotze has admitted that one day he'd like to play outside his homeland, just a year after signing for German champions Bayern Munich.
World Cup hero
The 22-year-old scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final in extra time against Argentina after coming on as a substitute, but hasn't nailed down his spot in Pep Guardiola's starting lineup for his club.
Götze's comments in an interview with German newspaper Bild are unlikely to go down well with fans of his current club, after admitting he may like to follow the example of his international team-mates, like Real Madrid's Toni Kroos and Arsenal's German trio of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil, who all made the move from the country they represent to foreign shores.
"Being abroad would be attractive for your character; there are good examples of that" said Götze.
"I want to play as long as possible. Miroslav Klose is 36 and still playing. Since I could have another 14 years ahead of me, you have to wait and see how things go; where the path leads."
The attacking midfielder denied that he was actively seeking a transfer away from the Allianz Arena, saying: "I haven't yet had any serious thoughts about it. I'm very, very happy that I am at Bayern, and playing in Germany."
Whilst at his first club Borussia Dortmund, Götze was constantly linked away from the Westfalenstadion to foreign clubs, with Arsenal and Barcelona said to be the most interested, but the German champions Bayern triggered his €37million buyout clause, and the Munich club also recruited his Dortmund teammate, striker Robert Lewandowski, a year later.