Subotic wants first-team football

Neven Subotic looks set to end his eight-year stay with Borussia Dortmund, according to the defender's agent.

The Serbia international was considered one of the most technically astute ball-playing centre-backs while his partnership with Mats Hummels blossomed during Dortmund's two-year dominance of the Bundesliga – which saw them win back-to-back titles in the 2011 and 2012.

However, since Jurgen Klopp – who managed him at Mainz and brought him to Dortmund – left the club, Subotic has struggled to win a regular spot in defence.

Under Klopp's successor, Thomas Tuchel, the 27-year-old only featured 11 times in all competitions last season, although his campaign ended prematurely as a result of thrombosis in his arm.

Now, back to full fitness, Subotic wants to be assured of first-team football or he will leave BVB, despite having two years left on his current contract.

"Currently it does not look like he will get more game time in the upcoming season," agent Frieder Gramm told kicker.

"But he absolutely wants to play, and does not want to earn his money on the bench."

Liverpool and Hamburg have been touted as possible destinations for the experienced defender, and Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc admitted they won't stand in the way of the fan favorite if he wishes to leave the club.

"We will treat Neven's situation with the necessary and deserved respect," Zorc said.

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