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2014 World Cup winner looks to get his Dutch football career back on track
Mario Gotze is slowly rebuilding his career at PSV Eindhoven, and has admitted that his form may have dropped in the past because he pushed too hard.
Gotze had the world at his feet at the age of 22 after shooting Germany to World Cup glory in the 2014 final against Argentina.
That winning goal in Brazil came at the end of his first full season at Bayern Munich, who signed the forward after winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund.
However, in the next six years his career waned. His form declined at Bayern and he subsequently rejoined Dortmund.
Despite being the darling of the Yellow Wall, he was unable to replicate his old form and ran away from German soccer in the summer of 2020 to join PSV.
While the spotlight is not as bright in the Netherlands, there is still attention on the 28-year-old.
Gotze says he is now handling pressure better than before in his career, and is slowly working to build back.
“From the outside, sure there was a lot of media and pressure, but the only thing that matters [is] my point of view, my own point of view and how I see myself and my development, “said Gotze ESPN.
“Maybe I pushed myself too hard, and that’s the only thing that’s more important than what other people expect or say, because in the end, it’s all about yourself and how you see yourself.”
Regular playing time has eluded Gotze for several years, partly due to injuries and also a drop in form, but now he is getting regular minutes at PSV and is happy with how things are progressing.
“If I look back at last year, it’s important that he plays,” Gotze said. “[My personal goals] they are to play, they have a great impact and we see how it goes. Try to stay in the moment, enjoy it and do my best. “
He has four goals to his name and has been asked about the possibility of a recall of Germany with Joachim Low, and it’s something Gotze would consider if the opportunity arose.
Gotze said: “We are still in touch, I have known him since I was 18. I worked with him, we were successful together. He is a good guy, a great person, a good coach. But for me as a player, I don’t decide. I don’t. I make the decision, but I’m always open to it … yes. “