Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has advised Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze to reject a move to Liverpool in favour of a return to Borussia Dortmund.
The World Cup winner has just over a year left on his deal with the Bundesliga champions and has been strongly linked with a switch to Anfield.
He would reunite with former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside, but Matthaus feels he would be wiser to return to his former club instead.
“Gotze back to Dortmund would simply be a good fit.” Matthaus said to Sport Bild.
“Our World Cup hero is a child of the Borussia Dortmund academy. He might have ruined it for some fans following his move to Bayern, but I feel he does not owe anyone an apology over his decision to go for a new challenge elsewhere.
“Things unfortunately didn’t pan out as everybody expected. But both Gotze and Dortmund know from each other what they bring to the table.
“He will soon win the fans over again after his first few goals for BVB.
“Would a return to Dortmund mean he has failed at Bayern? I think that would be harsh to say.
“He won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and he will win his fifth title in total if Bayern win it this season.
“These successes with Bayern, in which he had a hand, prove him right for joining them. But it’s also a fact that he has been unable to become a undisputed starter like Thomas Muller.
“The reason behind all this is not just Gotze’s quality or his mentality. The marriage between Gotze and Bayern was a misunderstanding right from the start.” he finished.