Playmaker Mario Gotze is set to make his second official debut for Borussia Dortmund on August 14 against the club he initially left them to join, Bayern Munich, in the German Super Cup.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Gotze may be in for a hostile reception from both sets of fans during the game, however the Number 10 is focused on a return to top form with his boyhood club and winning back those whose hearts he broke just three seasons ago after making the controversial switch.
Speaking to Dortmund’s official website, Gotze explained his outlook on the situation, as well as returning to the place where it all started for him as an 8-year old, by stating:
I hope that I can convince my last critics by performing well again. However, I can understand the notions of some fans.
Now a new chapter starts for me at Dortmund. I’m looking forward to the new season with the new coach and team. I want to show my best football.
It’s a homely feeling. I grew up here, I know the training facilities, the town. I have friends here.
I know old faces like Nuri [Sahin], Shinji [Kagawa] or Schmelle [Schmelzer]. It’s a nice feeling and I’m looking forward to the time ahead.[Although] the infrastructure around the training ground and the coaching staff – which is outstanding – are new.
Dortmund’s new (and old) Number 10 also insisted that a return to BVB was all he wanted once it became clear he would not be part of Bayern Munich’s plans under new coach, Carlo Ancelotti.
There were a few offers, but I wanted to return to BVB. My Father, who is also my agent, held the talks for me and it became clear very quickly that I wanted to return and show my best football here.