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Mario Gotze admits he could have joined Bayern after leaving Dortmund

Mario Götze
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Mario Gotze has claimed that he held talks over joining Bayern Munich in the summer after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Gotze left Dortmund at the end of last season after struggling to maintain his fitness levels. He eventually joined PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer earlier this year.

The former Bayern player spent three seasons at the club from 2013-2015 before leaving to join Dortmund, where he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp.

However, multiple injuries in the last few years hampered his progress and he struggled to recapture his form. However, the 28-year-old admitted that he has found his happiness once again in the Eredivisie.

Speaking to SportBILD, Gotze said: “You can tell that pretty easily from my playing time. In January, it was a two. Now it’s a nine, and on the way to 10. On the one hand, because I am playing almost every game. And on the other hand, because we are doing very well in every competition. This combination gives me a very good feeling.”

The German playmaker has three goals and four assists in 13 games in all competitions for PSV who are second on the league table going into the winter break, level on points with leaders Ajax.

But things could have been very different for Gotze who admitted that he had been in touch Bayern’s former president Uli Hoeness.

“In the summer we spoke openly about my future, about Bayern’s plans. They said that they value me as a person and a player and that they could have taken me back to Bayern again.

“Hansi [Flick] has as tight a schedule at Bayern as I do at PSV. He’s an excellent coach. To take over a team in the middle of the season and lead them to a treble is impressive.”

However, Gotze refused to rule out a return to the Bundesliga in the future.

He added, “I don’t want to rule out a return to the Bundesliga. Both options are conceivable for me. But now I’m in Eindhoven and I’m fully focused on our goals.”