‘P*** off Gotze’ – Dortmund fans unfurl banner to protest potential return

Mario Gotze has been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund but a section of supporters left the club’s hierarchy in doubt as to their thoughts on a potential move with an unflattering banner in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Werder Bremen.

Gotze, who came through Dortmund’s youth academy, controversially joined rivals Bayern Munich in 2013 after the Bavarian club triggered a reported €37 million release clause.

The Germany international has made a limited impact since moving to Bavaria, with injury hampering his form in 2015-16 and limiting him to just three appearances since the start of October for the Bundesliga champions.

Reports have linked World Cup winner Gotze with a move to Real Madrid, Milan and Liverpool in the close-season, but Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently stated that the club has left the door open for a return to Signal Iduna Park.

However, some Dortmund fans are not so keen on a Gotze reunion, unfurling a banner that read: “Milan or Madrid – the main thing is not Dortmund! P*** off Gotze.”

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