Borussia Dortmund have sent Neven Subotic out on loan to 1. FC Köln until the end of the season. The centre-back’s contract with BVB remains valid until 2018.
“Due to his great service to BVB, we have agreed to grant the player’s explicit wish to be loaned to 1.FC Köln until the end of the season so that he can get more playing time at a high level,” sporting director Michael Zorc said via the club’s official website.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Chief Executive Officer at BVB, declared: “By modern professional standards, the level of identification Neven has with BVB is extraordinary. Even once he has left the club, he will forever remain a friend to us all. Dortmund is and shall remain Neven’s home. He is welcome here at any time!”
Since joining the Ruhr Side in 2008, Subotic has appeared in 258 games across competitions, scoring 18 goals along the way. He lifted two German Championships, including the double in 2012 and starred in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final in Wembley, where he pulled off one of the greatest last-ditch clearances in the history of the game.
Since the arrival of Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel in 2015, the 28-year-old only played 809 minutes for the first team. Subotic arguably never returned to his best after his ACL tear in November 2013. Although not being Tuchel’s favourite choice at the centre-back position, the limited time was also due to several injuries.
On Wednesday, the centre-back returned to full team training after recovering from rib surgery in summer that originally blocked a move to Middlesborough.
Subotic thanked the Dortmund fans via a video message that was released via BVB Total.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 26, 2017
“I want to personally deliver the message, that my new home of the next few months will be at 1. FC Köln. I’m looking forward to that, as it is only a stone’s throw away from Dortmund. The distance might be a little bigger, but Dortmund will always remain close to my heart. The great, as well as the sad moments here all shaped my life and formed me to the person that I am now. I’m glad to have been part of the whole BVB family. It was a great honour to me to wear the yellow shirt in front of the Südtribüne and to celebrate wins and titles together. I will always remember those moments and I will remain a friend to you all in 100 years. I’m hoping to keep the parking spot in the Kreuzviertel. I want to thank everyone for the support over the entire time.”
— Manu (@manulud2011) June 26, 2016