Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze could be on the move this summer, but a return to Dortmund could be a possibility rather than a reunion with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
As noted by the Liverpool Echo, the World Cup winner had been linked with a move to Anfield at the end of the season after failing to make the desired impact in Bavaria.
Given that Klopp was credited with helping to develop his game during their time together at Dortmund, a second spell with the German tactician appeared likely if the two clubs could reach an agreement.
However, the Bundesliga club’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke has now revealed that they would be open to welcoming Gotze back but he must explain his decision to leave them in the first place to the supporters.
“If he’s on the market, it’s clear if we discuss about him,” he said in a press conference, as reported by the Echo.
“The door is always open for every player who comes from Dortmund. If he returns we have to talk with the fans and he has to explain how he left for Bayern. But I don’t think that they won’t give him a second chance.”
Given that the club’s supporters have made no secret of their disdain towards the player since he left in 2013, it remains to be seen whether or not Watzke’s suggestion that they wouldn’t have an issue with his return is true.
While it is difficult to argue that it wouldn’t be a good move for both the club and player given their previous success together, a move to their bitter rivals will undoubtedly have left many deeply disappointed.
Nevertheless, it appears as though the 23-year-old has options this summer, and all that is left to determine is which situation suits him better at this stage of his career as he looks to get back on track.
Gotze has made just 19 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four goals and providing four assists. With Carlo Ancelotti replacing Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, it is also worth noting that the Italian could well have big plans for him and may convince him to stay.