Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes Mario Gotze failed at Bayern Munich because the club lied to him.
The German midfielder rejoined Dortmund this summer after failing to prove himself in Bavaria. The 24-year-old made the controversial move to Munich back in 2013 but failed to nail down a regular spot, particularly last season under Pep Guardiola.
Gotze the seized the opportunity to return to Dortmund, stating that he should never have left the club where he was adored in the first place.
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Now, Watzke has defended his returning player by saying that his former employers lied to him before and during his time at the club:
"[Gotze failed at Bayern] because somebody told Mario a lie," he told Die Zeit as per Goal. "I won't say any names, but that's how it was."
Watzke believes the midfielder was a victim of deception during his time in Bavaria leading to his promising career stagnating in his homeland.
Despite winning numerous trophies, not to mention scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final, while at Bayern, it is obvious to anyone with a keen eye for football that Dortmund would have been a much better platform for Gotze to progress.
However, the young talent now has something very few get in the footballing world, a second chance.
Under a new leader in Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel, Gotze, alongside an exciting youthful side, could rediscover the form that saw him command such elite status in the transfer market, hence Bayern investing £33m.
Jurgen Klopp was his previous mentor in the Ruhr region of Germany, but now the diminutive midfielder will have to adjust to fresh surroundings and look to blend into the side along with some other exciting acquisitions.
Ousmane Dembele, Andre Schurrle, Sebastian Rode, Raphael Guerreiro and Marc Barta, along with Gotze, complete a hugely successful transfer window for Dortmund, one which could give them fresh dimensions within their squad.
The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan have moved to England, while Mats Hummels has made the same move as Gotze did, to Bayern, but nevertheless, Dortmund look in a strong position.
The likes of Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should thrive even more alongside the impressive offensive talent arriving this summer.
The onus will be on Gotze to rediscover his best form. After all, the club will likely play him in his preferred central role, so the environment for him to succeed should be perfect.