Mario Gotze claims he held talks over return to Bayern Munich this summer after Borussia Dortmund release… with the PSV Eindhoven star revealing Hansi Flick’s side ‘still valued me’ and ‘could have taken me back again’
- Mario Gotze is finding his feet again after joining PSV Eindhoven in the summer
- The German has three goals and four assists for the Dutch title challengers
- An out-of confidence Gotze was released by Borussia Dortmund earlier this year
- Gotze claims he was offered the chance to join Bayern Munich this summer
Mario Gotze claims he was offered the chance to move to Bayern Munich for this season before sealing a free transfer to PSV Eindhoven earlier this year.
The German playmaker was released by Borussia Dortmund last summer after struggling for fitness and form in the Bundesliga and joined Eindhoven in October where he has impressed.
The 28-year-old has three goals and four assists in 13 matches in all competitions for the Dutch side who are level on points with Ajax at the summit of the country’s top-flight.
Mario Gotze (right) claims he was given the chance to return to Bayern Munich this summer
Gotze (above) was released by Borussia Dortmund this summer and joined PSV in Holland
But Gotze claims that his club career could have taken a different turn earlier this year and the German World Cup claimed he held talks with Bayern over a return to the club.
Gotze told German news outlet Bild: ‘In the summer we spoke openly about my future, about Bayern’s plans. They said that they value me as a person and a player and that they could have taken me back to Bayern again.
‘Hansi (Flick) has as tight a schedule at Bayern as I do at PSV. He’s an excellent coach. To take over a team in the middle of the season and lead them to a treble is impressive.’
Gotze has started his career in Holland well with three goals and four assists this season
Gotze left Dortmund for the first time back in 2013 by joining Bayern on a free transfer but did not have the best of spells with the Bundesliga giants.
The attacker starred at the Allianz Arena during his first two seasons in Bavaria but fell out of favour under Pep Guardiola in his third campaign there, playing just 14 times in the league.
That form sparked a move back to Dortmund where he spent the last four seasons before the current one. His overall record for the Rurh-land club stands at 45 goals in 219 appearances in all competitions.
But Gotze claims last season’s omission from Lucie Favre’s side was tough to take and while he could not rule out a move back to Germany in the future, the 28-year-old claimed he is happy at Dutch title challengers PSV.
Gotze has fallen from grace after scoring the 2014 World Cup final winner for Germany
‘You can tell that pretty easily from my playing time. In January, it was a two. Now it’s a nine, and on the way to 10.
‘On the one hand, because I am playing almost every game. And on the other hand, because we are doing very well in every competition. This combination gives me a very good feeling.
‘I don’t want to rule out a return to the Bundesliga. Both options are conceivable for me. But now I’m in Eindhoven and I’m fully focused on our goals.’