Neven Subotic has been excused from Borussia Dortmund’s training in order to find a new club, fastening the club’s overhaul under Thomas Tuchel.
Borussia Dortmund confirmed on Thursday on Twitter that Neven Subotic has been excused from training in order to negotiate with potential buyers. According to Kicker the centre-back is looking for a new employer in England to bring his current club a payday above €10 million.
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Subotic, who has joined the club together with Jürgen Klopp from Mainz in 2008, holds a valid contract until 2018. Sportbild has linked him with Arsenal, while English media has linked the defender with a move to AFC Sunderland, who Dortmund will face in a preseason friendly on August 5. Rumours suggesting reunion with Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool are lurking around the corner as well.
The 27-year-old Serbian international would leave the Westfalenstadion with a heavy heart after eight years of service, being yet another victim of Tuchel’s overhaul. Subotic, who once was the undisputed centre-back partner of Mats Hummels throughout Dortmund’s title-winning years, has fallen behind in the pecking order behind Sven Bender and Sokratis Papastathopoulos due to his limitations in build-up play.
The Serb has struggled to find his way to a starting spot ever since suffering a ligament tear in 2013. Though the two times German Champion, Cup winner and Champions League finalist has too much quality to spend his best footballing years on the Dortmund bench, making a transfer somewhat inevitable. Dortmund fans can only hope that Subotic will find regular playing time at a club with European football on offer.
Borussia Dortmund would lose an extraordinary personality and role model in Subotic, who made 258 appearances across competition for the club.