World Cup winner Mario Götze has been warned by former national team coach Joachim Löw about the recall of the German national team after he returned to the Bundesliga by signing with Champions League club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Gotze completed his move from Dutch Eredivisie runners-up PSV Eindhoven by signing a three-year deal.
“I’m really looking forward to playing for Eintracht Frankfurt,” said Götze, who scored the winning goal in extra time in Germany’s victory over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.
“The club has grown incredibly and is on an exciting and ambitious path that I am delighted to be a part of.”
Frankfurt qualified for the Champions League for the first time since losing the 1960 European Cup Final to Real Madrid after winning the Europa League the previous season.
Sports director Markus Krosche said that Götze turned down “numerous offers” to join Frankfurt.
“Until now, we have missed a player like him,” Crochet said.
Lev, who brought Götze on as a substitute in the World Cup final, backs the midfielder to bet on an international recall despite last playing for Germany in 2017.
“He has all the qualities to do it,” Lev, who stepped down as manager after Euro 2020, told Sky.
“He will play in the Champions League again, be in the spotlight here in the Bundesliga and want to compete for a place in the World Cup.”
Götze regained his confidence during a two-year stint at PSV after battling form with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
As a young teenager in 2010/11, Götze helped Borussia win their first consecutive Bundesliga title.
At the time, German legend Franz Beckenbauer called Götze “impossible to stop” and compared him to Lionel Messi.
Bayern signed Gotze in 2013, activating a release clause in his €37m ($39m) Dortmund contract.
However, Götze never took a place in the first team under Josep Guardiola at Bayern, leaving in 2016 and returning to Dortmund, where he was knocked out by a metabolic disorder in early 2017, after which he struggled tried to get back in shape.
He left the Bundesliga in 2020 for Eindhoven, where he scored 18 goals and provided the same number of assists in the last two seasons.