After three years with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, Mario Götze has returned to Borussia Dortmund. The German international has signed a four-year contract.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund announced in a statement on Thursday that Götze had completed his return to BVB, after three seasons with the Bavarians.


“I personally am very happy that Mario has decided on Borussia Dortmund,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was quoted as saying in a Dortmund press release. “I always hoped ever since he left in 2013 that he would come back to us one day.”


“Mario is from Dortmund, he is one of the strongest and most creative midfield players in Europe and he is only 24 years old,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “He had many options open to him and he was aware that he did not make the easiest choice by returning to his hometown club.”

German media reports have suggested Dortmund will give Bayern a tra nsfer fee between 23 and 27 million euros ($25-30 million). The German international also penned a contract until June 2020; he will join the team in August after his vacation following the European Championship. Götze is currently vacationing with his old Dortmund buddy Marco Reus and fellow German international Andre Schürrle, reportedly another transfer target for BVB.