After an indifferent three-year spell at Bayern Munich, German international Mario Götze has rejoined Borussia Dortmund.
Both clubs have confirmed the deal through their official channels this morning.
The move will be rubber-stamped pending a medical, and while no transfer fee has been announced, it is believed that he has moved for a fee of around €22m.
He returns to the club where he spent his formative years, and CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed on Dortmund’s website that he is delighted that the prodigal son has decided to return:
“I am personally very pleased that Mario has decided to return to Borussia Dortmund. I have since his departure in 2013, always hoped that he will one day return to us.”
The 24-year-old returns to the Westfalenstadion having left to join Bayern in a €37m deal in 2013.
In all, he made 114 made appearances at Bayern during his three-year spell at the club, but his time in Bavaria was blighted by a succession of injuries – as such, he was never able to hold down a first team spot under manager Pep Guardiola.
He had been hoping that the recent appointment of Carlo Ancelotti might bring about a change in fortune, but Ancelotti and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had both made it quite clear to Götze that it would be in his best interests to find a new club.
Liverpool were strongly linked with the versatile midfielder towards the end of last season, but their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League ended Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of being reunited with the player.
Tottenham were also rumoured to be interested in Götze there were conflicting reports over just how serious their interest was.
Götze himself also issued a statement on the club’s website, revealing his happiness to have returned home, but understands that he has some trust to build back up with Dortmund fans who feel he betrayed them by joining their biggest rivals three years ago:
“When I switched from BVB to Bayern in 2013, “that was a conscious decision behind I will not hide myself today.
“Three years later, and at 24 years of age, I can look with different eyes at my decision. I can well understand that many fans could not understand my decision.
“When I return to my home, I want to try all people – especially those who do not receive me with open arms – to convince them by my performances.”
“My aim is to play my best football again. For all of us, the club and the BVB fans.”