By FOX SPORTS staff
The Bundesliga champions triggered Gotze's release clause earlier in the week to initiate a summer transfer deal that would see the midfielder join Bayern Munich from fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Hitzfield told the Bundesliga official website that he was surprised the Bavarians had not moved for Gotze sooner.
"I was irritated that Bayern did not sign him last year or the year before that, when you could see that Gotze is one of the biggest talents in German football. Bayern has made a lot of money and I think they acquired Gotze for a reasonable price," Hitzfield stated.
"Of course the news did surprise me. But the fact that Gotze would join Bayern one day, that was no secret, I guess. It is a logical consequence in his development."
With former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola also expected to arrive at the Allianz Arena come the end of the season, Hitzfield believed Gotze would benefit from the Spaniard's tutelege.
"When he plays in an even stronger team, his strengths might even be more obvious. Can he can match Messi at some point? I don't think so. Messi sets the standards," he said.
"He is not only very good at assisting but he scores an incredible amount of goals, too. To be as good as Messi he needs some more years of education. But, with Pep Guardiola, he will move in the right direction."