FC Bayern München full-back David Alaba believes Mario Gotze was not given enough of a chance to prove himself before he was sold back to Borussia Dortmund.
Gotze made the unpopular, but increasingly common, move from BVB to their arch-rivals back in 2013, but only managed to play 73 times for the Bavarian giants in the last three years due to a string of injuries and a subsequent loss of form.
The 24-year-old initially stated he was willing to stay and fight for his place in the first team but, after some disparaging comments from Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, did a quick about face and began looking for a new club.
Initially he was heavily touted with a move to the Premier League to rejoin former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool with the German club’s fans stating in no uncertain terms they were not keen to have him back.
But Gotze seemingly wanted to remain in the Bundesliga and the announcement that he had indeed signed for Dortmund was made on Thursday.
While largely unimpressive in his time at the Allianz Arena, his talent was never in question and Alaba is adamant the club has lost a real talent with Gotze’s departure.
“In the last few years he was bit unlucky with his injuries,” the Austria international told Goal. “But I think every time he was on the pitch he always tried to give his best.
“His statistics show us that he was an important player for us.”