Mario Goetze will leave at the end of the season, confirmed Sports director Michael Zorc of Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Mario had scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.
“In the summer we will stop working with Mario Goetze,” Zorc told Sky before the Bundesliga game to Wolfsburg on Saturday.
“After a constructive conversation this is a joint decision. Mario is a nice guy.
The decision caps a frustrating season for the 27-year-old assailant, who starts this term with only five leagues.”
Goetze depicted himself into German football tradition by volleying across at home during extra time in the 2014 World Cup final to lock a 1-0 success over Argentina at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
To replicate the displays that prompted former German FA technical director Matthias Sammer to describe him as “one of the best talents we’ve ever had,” Goetze struggled six years.
Before Goetze left in 2013 for Bayern Munich, he had come through the academy and helped Dortmund win the league and cup double in 2011 and 2012.
He returned to Dortmund in 2016 but failed to hold down a first-team spot in Munich. The following year a debilitating metabolic disorder subsequently sidelined him for several months.
It would be “difficult” for Goetze to win a place while Germany’s legend Lothar Matthaeus urged him to quit the Bundesliga to reboot his career last month, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre admitted on Friday.
“His way of playing football is no longer in demand today,” Matthaeus wrote to Sky in a column.
“He lacks the speed above all to keep up with the football Dortmund and many other top clubs play. It may well be that Italy would be a suitable league for him,” Matthaeus added.