German giants Dortmund to part ways with Gotze

MUNICH, Dec. 21, 2017 (Xinhua) — Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal (front R) vies with Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro (front L) during a German Cup 3rd round match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, in Munich, Germany, on Dec. 20, 2017. Bayern Munich won 2-1 and advanced into quaterfinals. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz/IANS)

Berlin, May 24 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund confirmed on Saturday that they have chosen not to renew deal with Mario Gotze, whose contract is due to expire this summer.

Gotze returned to Dortmund in 2016 after a three-year stint at Bayern Munich, but the 27-year-old striker failed to establish himself at Signal Iduna Park as the World Cup winner has only started five games this season, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We will rescind the contract in this summer, it is a decision with mutual understanding,” said sports director Michael Zorc.

It has been reported that several clubs, including AC Milan and Roma, have long been linked with Gotze.

Gotze has faced competition from Julian Brandt in recent times who has been getting the nod ahead of him in the starting XI.

Dortmund have kept pressure on front runners Bayern Munich for the moment after goals from Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi helped them edge Wolfsburg 2-0 in the 27th round in Bundesliga.

With the win, second placed Dortmund reduced the gap on table toppers Bayern Munich to one point temporarily meanwhile Wolfsburg suffered the eighth defeat of the season to stay at the sixth position.

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