Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes that the next logical step for Mario Gotze could be a switch to the Chinese Super League.
Gotze scored the winning goal in the World Cup final of 2014 but has toiled to make an impression at both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the campaigns that have followed.
Matthaus, himself a World Cup winner, thinks that the 24-year-old is lacking a key attribute to succeed at an elite level and might benefit from a switch to the big-spending CSL, which has attracted the likes of Carlos Tevez and Oscar in recent weeks.
"Honestly, even if it sounds a bit nasty, if it does not work for Gotze at Dortmund, he has to go to China. Gotze certainly does not want to make less money,” he told Sport Bild.
"He will not go to Schalke, he will not go to Leverkusen, Gladbach cannot afford to sign Gotze. Top clubs from abroad aren’t that interested anymore.
"If he does not get in the team at Dortmund, and has the same salary demands, then he will be off to China - but that would be a poor test for a 24-year-old."
Gotze has only played 11 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund this term, frequently finding himself on the bench. He has scored only one goal and provided one assist.