Germany legend Lothar Matthaus admits the fall from grace of World Cup-winning playmaker Mario Gotze is concerning.
Gotze returned to Borussia Dortmund from domestic rivals Bayern Munich in the off-season in a bid to rediscover to the form that made him one of the most feared attackers in Europe.
However, some sub-standard performances and niggling injuries has seen the 24-year-old’s status as the country’s most highly-rated talent dwindle.
Matthaus feels he could be one of the next ‘stars’ to move to the Chinese Super League, as elite clubs in Europe would probably shy away from taking a gamble on the Germany international.
“First, leaving Munich and then leaving Dortmund? That can’t be the solution. And where should he go? To be honest, and even if it might sound rude: If Gotze does not make it at Dortmund, he must go to China,” he told ESPN.
“He won’t leave for Schalke, he does not fit at Leverkusen, Gladbach can’t afford Gotze. Top clubs abroad no longer have him on their lists.
“Like I said: If he does not prevail at Dortmund, and expects similar wages elsewhere, he’s off to China. But that would be pathetic for a 24-year-old.”
Gotze has scored two goals and registered as many assists in 16 games since his return to Signal Iduna Park.