Borussia Dortmund legend Mario Gotze joins PSV on free transfer as World Cup winner signs two-year contract

MARIO GOTZE has joined PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

PSV announced Gotze, 28, has signed a two-year deal with the Dutch club after leaving Dortmund when his contract finished at the end of last season.

Germany's 2014 World Cup final goalscoring hero came through the ranks at Dortmund and had two spells at the club either side of a stint at Bayern Munich.

The attacking midfielder said: "I had a lot of offers this summer but I am a man of feeling and make my own decisions.

"I feel I am ready for a very different challenge and I am confident that this should be a very comfortable transition for me."

PSV director of football John de Jong added: "Mario became interested after our head coach Roger Schmidt had gotten in touch with him.

"And in the end he proved to be the godsend we had hoped for. 

"We are delighted he has signed a contract with PSV. We are very proud."

Gotze made 21 appearances for Dortmund last season, bagging three goals.

But after he returned from Bayern in 2016, his second spell was blighted by illness and injury.

The 63-times capped German international was diagnosed with Myopathy in 2017, a disease which causes muscle weakness and fatigue.

And he even played with a cast on his arm after suffering a hairline fracture and ligament wrist injury in 2019.

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