David Alaba says Bayern Munich have sold an 'important player'

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Borussia Dortmund have earned somewhat of a reputation for being a selling club over the last few years.

Whether it be Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa or even this summer with the departures of Ilkay Gundogan, Mats Hummels and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dortmund has become a hunting ground for Europe's top clubs to jump in and swoop for their best assets.

But time and time again they recover, regroup and pull off one or two brilliant signings to sustain their challenge on the upper echelons of the Bundesliga.


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And they have done it once again by re-signing Gotze from Bayern Munich, three years after he left the Signal Iduna Park - much to the disdain of the Dortmund faithful.

The World Cup winner completed his return for £18.3 million on Tuesday after various injury problems and stuttering form had seen the 24-year-old drop down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.

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But Bayern's David Alaba has questioned his club's decision to let Gotze leave and believes the new Dortmund signing still had a role to play for the German champions.

He told Goal: “In the last few years he was a bit unlucky with his injuries.

“But I think every time he was on the pitch he always tried to give his best. His statistics show us that he was an important player for us.”

Indeed, Gotze's record at Bayern isn't too dissimilar to his statistics under Jurgen Klopp at his original club.


He accumulated 36 goals and 24 assists during his 114 appearances for Munich while his first stint BVB saw Gotze score on 31 occasions and create 44 more from 116 matches.

Gotze will be reunited with Marco Reus and can expect to be the main man at Signal Iduna Park once again.

The German international recognises that some fans may not have forgiven him yet for his last move away but has stated his desire to earn their support back with his performances on the pitch.

Once the deal was announced Gotze said: "When I switched from BVB to Bayern in 2013 that was a conscious decision behind [which] I will not hide myself today.

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"Three years later, and with 24 years of age, I look with different eyes at my former decision. I can well understand that many fans could not understand my decision. I would not even take it so today.

"When I return to my home, I want to try to convince all people by my performances - especially those who do not receive me with open arms - that my aim is to play my best football again. For all of us, the club and the BVB fans."

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