This hectic transfer window has seen many top names dominate headlines, none more so than Mario Gotze.
Despite his desire to stay and prove his worth at Bayern Munich, it was inevitable the 2014 World Cup winner would be heading out of the Allianz Arena this summer having spent most of last season warming the bench.
Gotze only managed to feature 14 times in the Bundesliga and subsequently failed to convince new boss Carlo Ancelotti he was worth keeping.
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Last week saw the confirmation of his departure, and it’s safe to say he made the right choice in his next destination.
The forward was very much a man in demand this window, with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur chasing his signature. Gotze decided to snub a move to England, however, and instead opted for a transfer closer to home, making the trip back to former club Borussia Dortmund, of whom he left in 2013.
Having made the controversial move to Bayern three years ago, Gotze left a sour taste in the mouths of the Dortmund fans, and despite the huge task of winning back his admirers of old, the 24-year-old couldn’t have picked a better move this summer.
The forward was a fans favourite in his four years at Westfalenstadion, helping his side to two much-needed league titles, not to mention a runners-up place in the 2013 Champions League.
The reason why Gotze has stood out so much in Germany is mainly down to the calibre of players he has in support. Linking up with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus, and Thomas Muller on a weekly basis has played a part in shaping Gotze into the player he is now.
Rejoining Dortmund this summer will see him, again, be surrounded by names of high quality in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa, Andre Schurrle, and his old team-mate, Reus, to mention a few.
This will allow him to regain his form of old and more importantly help the Yellows become one of Europe’s elite. Had Gotze opted for a move to England, it could have been a transfer he may soon live to regret.
Liverpool were front runners to land the 2014 World Cup hero in a move that may have looked better on paper than in reality. Gotze needs to be amongst top quality players in order to return to his best and at Anfield that just wouldn’t have been the case.
Not only would he be missing out on European football next season, but the Reds may have made him the man reliant to get them back to their best and Gotze really doesn’t need that pressure just yet. Moreover, with the vast amount of front men Liverpool have in their ranks, the likelihood is that the attacking midfielder may struggle for regular football.
As for Tottenham, the same goes, not to mention they have been renowned for wasting top talents from abroad: Roberto Soldado, Helder Postiga, and Paulinho to list just a few. Had Gotze opted for White Hart Lane, there’s a major chance he could have followed in their footsteps.
Although the midfielder faces a task to regain his prestigious form of old, Dortmund is definitely the right destination in order to achieve that.
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