Hitzfeld: Gotze one of Germany’s greatest talents

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has praised the talent of striker Mario Gotze, calling him one of Germany’s greatest players.

The 25-year-old has been hampered by injury problems in recent years and failed to live up to his potential at Bayern Munich, returning to the BVB at the start of last season.

More health problems hamstrung the attacking midfielder in 2016/17, limiting him to 11 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, but he has since regained his fitness and Hitzfeld believes he can be a top player for the club once again.

"For me he is one of the best footballers Germany has ever had, when he is in shape, when he has the fitness he simply has the quality," Hitzfeld told Eurosport.

"When Gotze is on the ball, something happens. He has a high game intelligence. He sees spaces, that others do not see.

"He can handle the ball as others just cannot do. And then he plays the crucial passes, as well as he is a goal danger.

"He has everything that distinguishes a top player."