Borussia Dortmund have resigned Mario Götze from Bayern Munich on a four-year deal for €26m (£21.7m), three seasons after the attacking midfielder left Signal Iduna Park.
The 24-year-old Germany international was one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings in the summer of 2013, having agreed to join before the end of the season, and leaves the Allianz Arena having won three Bundesliga titles, two German cups, the Fifa Club World Cup and the Uefa Super Cup, while also scoring the winner for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
Götze, a product of the Dortmund academy, said in a statement on Facebook that his decision to leave Dortmund in 2013 was one that he regrets. “Today, three years later and at 24, I look at that decision in a different light,” he explained.
Likely to face a frosty reception from sections of Dortmund fans, Götze said he would do everything he possibly can to win over those that “do not welcome me with open arms” and referred to Borussia Dortmund as “his home”. “I can understand that many fans could not accept my decision,” he said. “I wouldn’t reach it today either.”
While defender Mats Hummels and midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all left the club this summer, Dortmund are rebuilding their squad, having already brought in Ousmane Dembélé, Sebastian Rode, Raphaël Guerreiro, Marc Bartra, Emre Mor and Mikel Merino.