German international and 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Mario Götze has left FC Bayern München to return to former club Borussia Dortmund.
The 24-year-old has signed a four-year-contract with Borussia with his arrival further boosting Die Schwarzgelben’s attacking options following the summer recruitments of Ousmane Dembele and Emre Mor.
Götze is delighted to return to the club where he made his name. "When I switched from BVB to Bayern in 2013 that was a conscious decision that I will not hide behind," said Götze. "Three years later, aged 24, I look at that decision with different eyes. I can understand that some fans could not understand my decision. I want to convince them with my performances."
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BVB sporting director Michael Zorc added: "Mario is a Dortmund player, one of the most creative midfielders in Europe and still only 24 years old. He had many options and made a conscious decision, and a difficult one, to return to his first club."
Born in Bavaria, Götze moved to Dortmund at a young age when his father took a job at the city's university. He joined Borussia at the age of eight and quickly progressed through the youth ranks, eventually taking his Bundesliga bow under Jürgen Klopp in November 2009.