Former West Germany midfielder Gunter Netzer admits he is disappointed with the lack of progress Mario Gotze has made since leaving Borussia Dortmund.
After controversially joining domestic rivals FC Bayern München in what was described as a ‘step up’, Gotze’s career has dramatically stalled, despite having scored the winning goal in the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
This off-season he’s been linked with an exit after failing to command a regular starting berth in his three seasons with Bayern.
“I get the feeling that he is still looking for his former self. He has not developed at all at Bayern. He never really lived up to the expectations at Bayern,” the 71-year-old told Sport Bild.
“It depends on his personality whether he should leave Bayern. It is not an easy step. Should he stay in Germany or move abroad? A move abroad has done a lot of players good, especially those who have a point to prove.
“Pep Guardiola once said Gotze is the best player he has trained after Lionel Messi, and I can understand that comment. Mario has some incredible skills.
“But they are of no use when you are not showing it on the pitch. He has to prove himself all over again.”