Mario Gotze has revealed that he regrets leaving Borussia Dortmund and joining Bayern Munich in 2013.
The midfielder made the high-profile switch for £33.5million, but his career in Bavaria did not go according to plan. Despite winning a title in every season, Gotze has claimed he regrets leaving Jurgen Klopp to play for Pep Guardiola.
He rejoined Dortmund after three years, but could never regain his old form. And in hindsight, the World Cup winner believes he made the switch too soon.
“I wanted to challenge myself, to get to know Pep’s philosophy,” Gotze, who now plays for PSV Eindhoven, told Algemeen Dagblad.
“With Bayern, we reached three Champions League semi-finals and Guardiola taught me to see football from completely different positions on the field.
“Guardiola just put you literally everywhere in the games. Arjen Robben knows what I’m talking about.
“In hindsight, I should have stayed longer with Klopp, but it was certainly not a mistake to go to Bayern,” he added.
“I see him as one of the most important people in my life. There is a relationship of trust between us.”
Earlier this month, Gotze revealed that he had a chance to return to Bayern in the summer after leaving Dortmund. “In the summer we spoke openly about my future, about Bayern’s plans,” he told SportBILD.
“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.”