This time last year Mario Gotze was on top of the world after he scored the only goal in the World Cup final, leading to Germany winning the tournament.
However, since then things have not been as rosy, culminating in Gotze's agent speaking out saying that his client had not been receiving enough support from Bayern Munich.
Gotze's Bayern fortunes
Gotze moved to Bayern in 2013 for £37million, which was until later in the window the highest fee ever paid for a German player.
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The reason behind Gotze's move was that he wanted to play under former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, something which Jurgen Klopp publicly announced he was not impressed with.
Gotze made his Bayern debut in a friendly game, during which he was subbed on in the 60th minute, scoring two of the goals in their 4-1 win. He made his league debut later that month against 1. FC Nurnberg. Gotze went on to make 44 appearances that season, scoring 15 and assisting 14 in all competitions.
He then headed into his second season with the German giants after scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final. Such success however did not translate to his club career.
He was one of four players to miss a penalty in Bayern's German cup loss to Borussia Dortmund, a failure that led to him receiving criticism from German legend Franz Beckenbauer. Gotze went on to finish his second season with 48 appearances to his name, having netted another 15 goals.
Since then Gotze's agent, Volker Struth, has stated that his client could have done with more support from the club on a number of occasions, as well as that his client would have preferred to have featured more in the club's important games, i.e during the semi-final of the Champions League against Barcelona.
This has sparked rampant transfer rumours, as his agent made clear that one of the major factors in Gotze's decision to join Bayern was that he wanted to win trophies and play in big matches. This may alert teams like Manchester United and Chelsea who have shown interest in the 23-year-old before.
If Gotze is to move it will definitely be to a team where he is guaranteed first-team football, otherwise he may as well just stay in Munich. I think a move to Chelsea would work, although he would be facing competition from Cesc Fabregas as to who would be starting in the no. 10 role.
A move to United could work out well in his favour alternatively. With Angel Di Maria having endured a poor first season and Juan Mata being used more as a winger there could be an open spot in attacking midfield for Gotze to take up.
This is all speculation and hearsay of course. Chances are that Gotze will stick it out at Bayern and try to force his way in the first-team for at least another season. If he is still on the bench after that though I feel that a move would have to be his only option to fulfil the potential that he was touted to have at Dortmund.
Football fans, should Gotze stay at Bayern and fight for his place? Would he be right to angle for a move away? Let us know in the comments box below.
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