Back in the summer of 2012, Marco Reus was at a crossroads after a stellar season with Borussia Mönchengladbach - one way pointed the way of then champions Borussia Dortmund, the other to record Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich.
The draw of home would eventually entice Reus back to Dortmund - his boyhood club where he started out as a seven-year-old - but talks with Bayern were held and a move to Bavaria very much on the table.
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"Bayern wanted to sign me," he told Sky Germany in their My Story series. "I also spoke to Jupp Heynckes. He is an experienced coach, who has gained a lot of experience. I wanted to know from him where I can improve. But he couldn’t convince me to join."
Does he ever regret that decision? "No! Not for a second!"
The 31-year-old has since gone on to score 130 goals in 268 appearances for Dortmund, establishing himself as a black-and-yellow icon.
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Having missed the last five months of the 2019/20 campaign, Reus is now back to full fitness and has his sights set on a first Bundesliga trophy as the leader of a young Dortmund pack that boasts one of the most exciting squads in world football.
Teenagers Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna, plus 20-year-olds Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho all dazzled on the opening matchday of the new season as Dortmund saw off Gladbach 3-0, with Reus returning to the Bundesliga fold against his old club for the first time since February as a late substitute.
And a fit again Reus - who also told Sky that he hopes to end his career at Dortmund - may just prove the difference this year as they go in search of improving on their two successive runners-up spots under Lucien Favre.