Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has admitted he would one day be open to playing the Premier League, ESPN has reported, amid speculation of interest from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Subotic, who has been a Dortmund player since a 2008 move from Mainz, told German publication Kicker that the prospect of playing in a league where more physical contact is allowed is something that appeals to him. But, he stressed, there is nothing in the pipeline regarding a Dortmund exit, and he has no intentions of forcing the issue.
“First of all, I plan my summer vacation and the Ethiopia trip with my charitable foundation in June. I don’t know what happens after that,” he said. “I can still imagine playing in a league someday which rates physical football.
“The game in England is tougher, more aggressive and more physical – in a sportsmanlike sense,” Subotic added. “As a centre-back I don’t always want to fear just touching an opponent.”
Subotic, born in the former Yugoslavia, spent part of his younger days in Germany before moving to the United States and representing a number of clubs including Impact United and South Florida Bulls. He returned to Germany with Mainz in 2006 and graduated to the senior side in 2007, playing there for a year before joining Dortmund.
He is a two-time Bundesliga winner with Dortmund, and was part of the team that finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League.
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