The FC Bayern Munich has published a press release today, July 21, 2016 confirming month old rumours about Mario Götze returning to Dortmund. The player who scored the winning goal in Germany’s World Cup final in 2014 is leaving FC Bayern to re-join his former club Borussia Dortmund, where he played between 2001 and 2013.
“The negotiations were very fair and serious. We'd like to thank Borussia Dortmund, Mario, his father as well as his agent for that,” said FC Bayern München AG chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “I think the transfer is a good solution for all parties. FC Bayern thanks Mario Götze for three years wearing the Bayern shirt and wishes him all the best for the future.”
The 24-year-old Germany international's contract with FCB was scheduled to expire on 30 June 2017. In his three seasons with FC Bayern he won the German championship three times (2014, 2015, 2016), the DFB Cup twice (2014, 2016), the FIFA Club World Cup (2013) and the UEFA Super Cup (2013).
Götze scored 22 goals in a total of 73 Bundesliga appearances for Germany's record champions, with nine goals in 26 Champions League matches and four goals in 10 DFB Cup appearances.