Gotze: I'd like to play abroad some day

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder only arrived at the Allianz Arena last summer but he is open to the idea of playing outside Germany in the future

Bayern Munich starlet Mario Gotze has revealed an interest in moving abroad at some point in his career.

The 22-year-old only joined the German champions from Borussia Dortmund last summer, after the Bavarians agreed to meet his €37 million buy-out clause.

However, Gotze, who has yet to nail down a regular starting berth in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up, has now admitted that he is open to the idea of playing outside Germany in the future.

“Being abroad would be attractive for your character; there are good examples of that,” the attacking midfielder mused in an interview with Sport Bild.

“But I haven’t yet had any serious thoughts [about it]. I’m very, very happy that I am at Bayern, and playing in Germany.

“[I want to play] as long as possible. [Former Germany team-mate] Miroslav Klose is 36 and still playing.

“Since I could have another 14 years ahead of me, you have to wait and see how things go; where the path leads…”

Gotze, of course, was Germany’s match-winner at this summer’s World Cup, scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the final. However, he is uncomfortable with his hero’s tag.

“Football makes people happy, but it’s not a matter of life or death,” he reasoned

“Doctors and nurses – they save lives and do much more than all of us footballers. They are heroes to me.”

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