German star Michael Ballack believes Mario Gotze will be back to his prime after a few rough years due to injury and having been left out on the bench at Bayern Munich. Ballack sees Gotze amongst one of the few prodigies to have embraced the game, and feels his return to his boyhood club will prove vital in resurrecting his confidence.
Furthermore, the German legend added Borussia Dortmund know their player by their genes and that would make the difference in bringing out the best from Gotze.
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Ballack reasserted Gotze’s potential and described his qualities which Bayern Munich could not resist before signing him three years ago. Gotze won two Bundesliga titles and a DFB Pokal in his four years at Borussia Dortmund.
He later won three more Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokals during his stint at the Allianz Arena, however, he failed to cement first-team opportunities which seemingly stunted his growth.
On recent transfer developments, Ballack told Omnisport, "I can't judge that move, just like most of us can't. He grew up in Dortmund and he is for sure one of the most gifted players we have at the moment."
"There a few players like him who know what to do in every situation, just like he does. If he is able to perform on his highest level there are few others who are able to always make the right move like he does. But he has to feel good and he has to bring it.
"That he was not able to do so in the recent past, neither at Bayern nor the national team, is probably for many different reasons. Maybe it was trust, there were a lot of speculations, but I think Dortmund knows best how to treat him. Three years have passed, he has developed, his personality changed.
"But I think Dortmund knows how to handle the situation. If it is the best option for him to already return to Dortmund, I don't know. But he made the step and we have to accept that. It is a top club, and the he has to give us all the remaining answers on the pitch."
Michael Ballack played for Bayern Munich between 2002 and 2006, where he achieved success winning three successive Bundesliga titles.Published 23 Aug 2016, 23:36 IST