Mario Gotze is confident that he made the right decision when he ditched Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich, in a bombshell transfer at the end of last season.
Gotze told his old club that he was leaving on the eve of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
He was ruled out of the final against Bayern with a hamstring injury, and a sense of bewilderment and betrayal still lingers at the Westfalenstadion following his departure.
But Gotze is not looking back, despite having left friends and companions behind.
Instead, he is looking forward to a future of playing for “the best club in the world.”
"I grew up there and played all the youth teams at Borussia. I had to leave a lot of friends and family behind," Gotze explained to Bayern’s official website
"I made this move out of conviction. I want to make the next step in my career at FC Bayern."
At just 20-years-old, Gotze was already the most important player in Dortmund’s refreshingly swashbuckling young team.
Arguably he will now be surrounded by even better players at the Allianz Arena, and will have to battle to make his mark when he has finally recovered from his injury.
But it is a challenge that Gotze says he is excited to undertake.
"It's the complete package, team, coach, philosophy and perspective," he said of the Bavarian giants.
“I play for the best club in the world now – what a challenge!"
Meanwhile, Gotze may be yet to train with his new club-mates, but like the rest of the Bayern squad, he has already been swept up by Pep Guardiola’s feel-good start to his own career at the club.
"He [Guardiola] seems very easy-going and is very friendly to the players," Gotze said. "He will push us very far."