Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director has all but confirmed that Mario Gotze will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Mario Gotze has gone from the darling of German football to almost a nonentity in recent months.
The German forward rose through the ranks of Dortmund, before making a big-money move to rivals Bayern Munich.
Following his first season in Bavaria, his notoriety shot through the stratosphere as he scored the 2014 World Cup final winning goal for Die Mannschaft.
After that things appeared to go downhill.
However, he has seemingly never rediscovered the kind of form that made him a one time hero at the Signal Iduna Park.
It now appears that with his contract set to expire June 30th, he will be in search of a new club to try and rekindle his career.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that there was no intention to agree on a new deal.
He told Sky Deutschland:
“I have had a very good conversation with Mario in the past few days.”
“We have agreed that we will not continue our cooperation after the season.”
“I think that is in the best interests of both parties.”
“Mario is a really good boy and I think this season he will still be important to us.”
“He is a very good player who comes from our own youth system.”
“But it is also in his spirit that he is looking for a new job. Maybe abroad.”
Should the financial plight really impact Jurgen Klopp’s transfer activity this summer, surely he could do worse than Gotze to replace some of these more expensive first choices?