Gotze only looking forward

Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze admits he’ll never be the same player he was when he was younger, but insists that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Gotze was the talk of the town back in 2013 when he left Dortmund to join bitter rivals Bayern Munich. He went on to score the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, but subsequently fell out of favour at Bayern and saw his chances in the first team become few and far between.

This led him to make the switch back to BVB, despite loud protests against the move from a small section of the club’s fans. While he hasn’t played badly for Dortmund since moving back, he has also not reached the heights that saw him earn a move to Bayern in the first place and he admits he may never be the same player that he was back then.

“Should I get back to playing like the 18-year-old Mario Gotze again?,” Gotze asked Bild.

“I have played almost 60 games for Germany since, have enjoyed six years of success at Bayern and Dortmund and won five Bundesliga titles. Those are the facts.

“Every player develops over time, as does every team and every opponent. I will never be the old Mario Gotze again.

“In football, it’s the here and now that really matters and I am feeling really well at the national team and Dortmund. I am able to put in my best performances again more and more. I am giving my all every day and every training session.

“Every chapter in life helps you move forward. I learned a lot in Munich. I played with world-class players, matured and learned from any setbacks.”

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