Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels admits he would be delighted to welcome former teammate Mario Gotze back to the club if he chose to leave FC Bayern München.
Gotze, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, lost his place in the Bavarian’s starting lineup this season due to a hamstring injury he sustained in October.
While he has been fit and ready to play since February, he has struggled to break back into the side due to the form of the likes of Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa, leading to reports last week he had become frustrated with his situation at Bayern.
The speculation has predictably led towards a possible return to Dortmund and Hummels revealed he would welcome the move, but admitted he is unsure if there is any likelihood of such a move materialising.
“I don’t know how realistic a return to Dortmund is for Mario,” Hummels told ZDF. “But he is a player with the potential to become a world-class player. We had some great times together, both at Dortmund and with the national team.
“We are all suffering with him when we see things are not going his way due to bad luck. I would really like to see him back to his best.
“It would be great if he makes the decision that Dortmund is the place to achieve that. It would be a huge boost of quality.”
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However, the defender is not even certain on his own future at the club, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season.
“I am still undecided on my future. There are a lot of things I would like to do,” he added. “One of those things is to stay at Dortmund a bit longer and build on what we are doing right now.
“But I also realise that it would be a long-term decision if I sign a new deal. It could be my last contract. I am not in my early 20s.”