The Dortmund star also went on to state that Indian football is on the rise.

Before India kicked-off its AFC Asian Cup campaign, the Blue Tigers received a heartwarming message from some Bundesliga stars, wishing them luck for the continental showpiece. One of them was 2014 World Cup winner Mario Gotze, who wished midfielder Anirudh Thapa luck for the tournament.

Now in an exclusive interview with Times Now, the Borussia Dortmund star expressed his belief that India has the talent to make it big in football. On being asked if he could see an Indian player in the Bundesliga in the foreseeable future, the former Bayern player said, “I don’t have a single doubt there are talented players all around the globe. With a population of India’s size and the passion of the people for sports in general and increasingly football in particular – why shouldn’t there be highly skilled Indian players in the future? I almost bet we‘ll see some before too long.”


Currently, Bundesliga have entered into the Indian football scene, linking up with IMG-Reliance. Also, the German top-tier has also increased in popularity in the Indian subcontinent, with plenty of fans available. When asked if Dortmund would ever come to India, Gotze stated, “While I am almost sure we will come to India not too long from now, the question when exactly this might be the case must be directed to our executives. To me, it really would be amazing and a totally new experience to come to India.”

It is true that Indian football is on the rise, with recent developments in terms of foreign leagues and clubs investing in the sport in our country. The Bundesliga winner also supported it, and on a final note quipped, “Indian football clearly is on the rise. Keep building on it and enjoy the game, India”