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Low gives verdict on Gotze’s potential return to Germany squad

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The Die Mannschaft boss leaves the door open for Mario Gotze’s return to international duty after being impressed with his recent progress.

Mario Gotze joined PSV Eindhoven as a free agent over the summer after falling out of favor and running down his contract at Borussia Dortmund.

It appears that the 28-year old has rediscovered his best form after a lengthy period of stagnation, netting three goals in six appearances across Eredivisie and Europa League so far.

The attacking midfielder rose to stardom following his match-winning strike against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, but it only went downhill for him thereafter.

Bayern Munich had snapped him up in a €37 million transfer in 2013 but returned the second-most expensive German player to Borussia Dortmund three seasons later.  

His second spell at BVB was unfruitful, partly due to recurring fitness issues and the club refused to renew his contract beyond 2020.

Once a hero for his country, Gotze was also excluded from the German national team. He has not played for Germany in three years, but Joachim Low suggests he could return soon.

Low told Sports Buzzer: “We don’t lose sight of him, of course. He looks very fresh and very agile, the joy can be seen in him. He needs that for his light-footedness, for his variability.

Low added on the weight of expectation which has hampered Gotze over the years: “Everything was always focused on him. He had a backpack on with the 2014 goal, which must have been a heavy burden.

“That’s why I’m happy for him that he has started so well in Eindhoven.”