Gotze may return to Dortmund

MUNICH • Borussia Dortmund have started transfer talks with Bayern Munich over attacking midfielder Mario Gotze's possible return to Westfalenstadion, according to a media report.

He won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before joining Bayern in 2013 but failed to secure a starting place in three seasons under coach Pep Guardiola, who has since joined English Premier League side Manchester City.

The 24-year-old has also been linked in the British media with a move to join former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

"I can confirm that talks with Borussia Dortmund have taken place. There have also been talks with his agent, but the deal is not done just yet," Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sport1. "Both clubs will have to reach an agreement over a transfer fee first."

The Germany international scored three goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances last season, having only returned to fitness in February following a five-month injury break after suffering an adductor muscle injury last October.

"Gotze has been at Bayern for three years and it did not work out for him. I am not surprised that he wants to leave. He is 24 years old and needs to play regularly," Rummenigge added.

Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, played four times for Germany at the European Championship in France, where they reached the semi-finals before losing 0-2 to the hosts.

REUTERS

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