German midfielder Mario Gotze is reportedly set to snub Premier League interest in favour of returning to Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-old World Cup-winner joined Bayern Munich from Dortmund in 2013, but has subsequently failed to cement his position as a first-choice player at the Allianz Arena.
Gotze has been linked with a host of clubs in recent months, including Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, but he will apparently turn his back on those options to move back to the Westfalenstadion. The highly-rated midfielder was pushed further down the pecking order at Bayern following their big-money signing of Renato Sanches, and Gotze has now accepted he needs to leave the reigning Bundesliga champions in order to further his career.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was eager to sign Gotze this summer, according to The Mirror, and the North London club were recently reported to have met with the player's father in order to secure a deal. Meanwhile, Gotze has also been strongly linked with a switch to Liverpool, the club managed by his former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.
However, it now appears that the attacking midfielder will spurn the advances of Liverpool and Tottenham to return to the club were he started his professional career. Gotze joined Dortmund as an eight-year-old and progressed through the club's ranks to make his first-team debut in November 2009.
Although he is widely considered to be one of the most talented German players of his generation, Gotze's career stalled under Pep Guardiola at Bayern, while he was also underwhelming for Germany at Euro 2016. Even so, a return to Dortmund will give Gotze a chance to breathe new life into his career.