The 19-year-old, who recently committed his long-term future to the Bundesliga title holders, believes BVB still have plenty of room to improve in the coming yearsIn his first interview since extending his Borussia Dortmund contract to 2016, Mario Gotze has explained the reason for his prolonged commitment with BVB.
The Germany international revealed that his heart is with the Bundesliga champions, and that in his eyes, the club have potential to improve upon their recent run of success.
"I've always said that BVB are an absolute matter of the heart and I am deeply rooted in the club," he told Bild. "The team have great prospects. I feel that something good is growing here."
Gotze turned down interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid as he penned a two-year extension to his previous deal on Tuesday. And although he might have been able to earn more money elsewhere, he opined that Dortmund offer the best prospects for his development.
"In our [his and his agent and family's] eyes, the whole package with coaches, management and the team is simply good," he said. "We are pleased with our development, which is nowhere near its end, and I'll do my part to help."
When asked whether his words were meant as a challenge to Bayern, Gotze declined, asserting that he only is concerned with his own club.
"Not at all, I'm only looking at us. The team have succeeded in signing Marco Reus - he will help us take the next step. I'm really looking forward to playing with him."
Dortmund's €17.1 million capture of Reus in January required the second-highest transfer fee in club history. Before the Gladbach man comes, Dortmund have eight more games to play this season, with the prospects of a Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double still alive.