World Cup hero Mario Götze is back in the Bundesliga and will play for Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt in the future. The 30-year-old is moving from the Dutch first division club PSV Eindhoven to Hessen, as the Bundesliga club confirmed on Tuesday.
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The winner of the 2014 final against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro is thus back in Germany almost two years after leaving Borussia Dortmund. “I’m really looking forward to my return to the Bundesliga,” said Götze, according to the announcement.
He will receive a contract on the Main until 2025. Neither club made any statements about the transfer modalities, around four million euros were discussed. The 63-time national player was under contract in Eindhoven until June 30, 2024.
Götze had already stopped participating in training at the top Dutch club on Monday. On Tuesday he first passed the medical check in Frankfurt and then signed the contract. Hit Radio FFH and the “Bild” newspaper had previously reported.
With PSV and outgoing German coach Roger Schmidt, the 2014 world champions had won the Dutch Cup and finished second in the league, just two points behind champions Ajax Amsterdam. Schmidt will coach Benfica Lisbon next season and, according to media reports, would have liked to have taken Götze with him to Portugal.
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In Frankfurt, the offensive specialist will play in the Champions League next season. He had previously emphasized that he would like to win the premier class in his career. With Dortmund, Götze lost 2-1 in the final against FC Bayern in 2013, but was not in the squad due to an injury. In 2011 and 2012 he became German champion with BVB, with Munich in 2014, 2015 and 2016. After that he returned to Dortmund.
Götze’s career came to a standstill after the World Cup triumph – partly for health reasons and because of the high expectations of him. This is also the big topic in the DAZN documentary “Being Mario Götze” from 2018. Recently, however, Götze was able to convince again: In 52 competitive games for Eindhoven last season, he scored twelve goals and eleven assists. He played his last international match in November 2017 against France. (dpa)