Mario Götze will depart on a free transfer in the summer, and has determined not to extend his contract with Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany.

Together with his contract set to expire in the close of the year, the future of Mario Götze continues to be subject to lots of speculation. The Borussia Dortmund hierarchy are clear in their desire to keep the former German international. However, they were only ready to provide him a deal with a reduction on his salary. Based on BILD, both parties couldn’t agree to terms for a contract, so Götze will now leave Borussia Dortmund for free in the summer. BILD state he is inclined to join a club overseas, although Hertha Berlin are considering registering the 27-year-old on a free transfer. Three years after departing Borussia Dortmund to join Bayern Munich in 2013, Götze returned into the Westfalenstadion. While his spell has not gone as well as the original, he has produced some goals and assists for the Black and Yellows. Lucien Favre has largely utilized him as a false nine, but his playing time continued to be restricted this year. And with Erling Haaland’s transfer, his playing time is set to decrease even further from the next half of this year. Paco Alcacer is also anticipated to leave, and with Götze set to depart at no cost, Borussia Dortmund may be pressured into signing another striker.