Borussia Dortmund say “the door is always open” for Liverpool target Mario Gotze to rejoin the club.
Gotze left Dortmund to join Bayern Munich in 2013, with the German having spent 12 years at the Westfalenstadion in the youth ranks then the first team.
The World Cup winner claimed two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund, as well as a DFB-Pokal and a Champions League runners-up medal before joining Bayern for £30million.
Gotze has won two further Bundesligas and numerous other trophies at the Allianz Arena, but has endured a difficult season due to injuries and a loss of form and starting place.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, with Jurgen Klopp interested in the player he managed at Dortmund, but Gotze could return to his boyhood club.
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke believes a return is workable.
“If he’s on the market, it’s clear if we discuss about him,” he said at the AUDI-Star-Talk. “The door is always open for every player who comes from Dortmund. If he returns we have to talk with the fans and he has to explain how he left for Bayern.
“But I don’t think that they won’t give him a second chance.”