Borussia Dortmund's youth product, former star playmaker and poster boy Mario Gotze has stated that he understands the reason the fans are angry at his move to Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old opted to exercise his release clause to go to the Allianz Arena at the end of last season.
Gotze was perhaps the most important part of Borussia Dortmund's project to become a powerhouse in the German Bundesliga as he was their star player.
He was the face of the club and was a favourite among the fans but opted to join the Bavarians under new manager Pep Guardiola. The German starlet however says he can relate to the fans' anger.
He was quoted on Goal.com saying: "I can definitely understand their frustration. I played for Dortmund for quite a while and then I join Bayern.
"A lot of fans simply don't like that. I can understand their feelings."
Gotze however stated that he moved because he wanted to develop more and also wanted to try something new.
He said: "One should also look at it from my side, though. I want to keep on developing as a player. People should look at it from my angle too.
"It was a combination of things that convinced me to join Bayern. There were a lot of reasons for me. The coach, the club and I also wanted to try something new."
After the news of his departure to Bayern the 21-year-old playmaker was the subject of abuse from the Dortmund fans. He was also criticised by a few of his BVB teammates, but later confirmed he received apologies from them.
Dortmund moved quickly to replace Gotze by bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk, and also added Pierre-Emerick Abameyang from French club Saint Etienne.
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