Borussia Dortmund confirms Mario Gotze will leave the team at the end of the season

Borussia Dortmund attacker Mario Gotze is leaving the club this summer when his contract expires. The club's sporting director, Michael Zorc, announced the upcoming move on Saturday ahead of the clash against Wolfsburg. The talented 27-year-old attacker returned to Dortmund in 2016 after having left for Bayern Munich in 2013 but has found minutes limited. He can leave on a free transfer, meaning he can sign with any club without the new team having to pay a transfer fee to Dortmund.

"We will part ways with Mario Gotze this summer," Zorc told Sky Sports. "It was a mutual and respectful decision. Mario is a great man."

Zorc hinted that Gotze could look to play abroad. Dortmund won its game against Wolfsburg 2-0 on Saturday. 

Gotze has three goals in 20 matches this season and has scored 14 goals since returning, but he has not been a regular player for the club and may be in search of more consistent minutes. A small attacking midfielder that can push wide, he's dealt with health issues on top of injuries. In 2017, it was revealed that Gotze had a muscular disorder that impacts their functions. He's played just 17 minutes for Dortmund in 2020, appearing in three of the last 10 games. 

Gotze started his career at Dortmund, playing from 2009-2013 before spending three seasons at rival Bayern Munich before a return to Signal Iduna Park. Gotze also has played 63 games for the German national team, including scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.  

He also won two league titles and two German Cups at Dortmund, and he won three Bundesliga titles and two German Cups at Bayern Munich.

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