Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke feels the media should lay off Mario Gotze and let him work his way back into the first team. Gotze has yet to play a minute of competitive football this season as he struggles to reach the levels that saw him score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.
Many pundits have got stuck into the 26-year-old, with Bayern and Germany legend Lothar Matthaus particularly vocal and suggesting that the midfielder needs to leave BVB to further his career.
That has angered Watzke who feels that the player will return to his best and go on to play an important part for Dortmund.
“I know that Lothar Matthaus earns his money as a pundit and has to put forward provocative theories, but it would be nice, if one of the greatest players that Germany ever had, he could leave Mario alone and not trample on him,” he said.
“Mario is doing the right things: he trains well, he does not let up, he gives to the team, he’s totally focused, he’s an important part of our squad and I’m sure he’ll play some great games for BVB this season.”