Borussia Dortmund announced on Tuesday that defender Matthias Ginter will leave the club for Borussia Mönchengladbach with immediate effect. According to multiple reports, the Black and Yellows will receive a transfer fee in the region of €17 million.
Twenty-three years of age, Ginter spent three seasons with the Ruhr side after signing from SC Freiburg in 2014 for €10 million. A versatile player, the Germany international played in defensive midfield, at right-back and his preferred position, centre-back, in a total of 102 matches across competitions.
A 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winner, Ginter had a tough start to his time at the Westfalenstadion, failing to nail down a regular starting spot under Jürgen Klopp in his first season, which included only three starts in the Rückrunde.
Ginter’s fortunes improved under Thomas Tuchel, who valued the defender’s versatility and used him extensively over both years of his tenure. The arguably best stretch of the 23-year-old’s time with BVB came in autumn of 2015 when Ginter provided a spark from the right-back position with a surprising amount of assists and important goals.
In the 2016/17 season, only five Dortmund players played more minutes across all competitions than Ginter, however, he was still more of a stopgap solution for injury situations than a first-choice starter.
“Matthias Ginter approached us with the wish to leave the club due to the competition in the squad,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc is quoted on the club’s official website, adding: “We complied with that wish. We want to express our gratitude for his engagement for BVB and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”
According to multiple reports over his three years at the Westfalenstadion, Ginter considered leaving Dortmund after each of those seasons, with Gladbach already interested in signing him in 2015. Given the signings of Ömer Toprak and Dan-Axel Zagadou, the writing was on the wall that a transfer could finally happen in 2017.