Rummenigge: Gotze has made a 'big leap' with Bayern

The 21-year-old has been in impressive form for the European champions of late and the club's president believes the player has earned more playing time.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has praised Mario Gotze's impact at Bayern Munich, claiming he has successfully made a "big leap" from rival Borussia Dortmund.

The 21-year-old has been on an impressive recent run of form after initially struggling for fitness following his 37 million euro summer move, and scored in the recent 3-0 win over his former club.

Rummenigge, the club president, believes Gotze is now worthy of more minutes, telling Sport Bild: "Gotze has been so playing so well that he definitely deserves to start more regularly now. He was brilliant against Dortmund, and I now feel he has properly made the big leap to Bayern Munich. He's added some extra pizzazz to the team."

Rummenigge was also quick to praise goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, saying, "We love Manuel at the club, he is an incredible goalkeeper. He never, ever makes me feel nervous, even if he was to trip over on the ball in front of his goal.

And Rummenigge noted that he expects Germany to have Bastian Schweinsteiger in peak condition for the World Cup once the player returns from injury.

"Schweinsteiger will be back for the second half of the season, and we hope he can inspire us to more trophy glory," he said. "He will be in the best possible condition when the World Cup starts."