Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic has admitted he can one day say himself playing in the Premier League.
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This comes just weeks after the Serbian was linked with a summer move to Arsenal according to ESPN.
Speculation has been particularly rife about the defender’s future considering next season he will be in the final year of his contract, and if an agreement on an extension cannot be reached, then Dortmund may have to cash in before he can leave on a Bosman.
“Those are things I don’t to talk about in public,” Subotic said on his contract negotiations with Dortmund as reported by ESPN.
But on his future he added: “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. As a centre-back I don’t always want to fear just touching an opponent.
“How can I do my work when my opponent starts crying without contact? And those penalties after dives annoy me, I think that’s cheating. I just don’t like it when an attacker is going at what feels like one kilometre an hour and flies like he’s been hit by a car.”
Subotic has slowly been recovering his form and fitness following an extended lay-off after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
And perhaps it’s no coincidence BVB’s turnaround in form – which has seen them put up 17 points in their last seven games – coincided with the 26-year-old’s return to the starting XI.
With Wenger said to be a long-term admirer, as per ESPN, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Arsenal continually linked with a move for Subotic- especially considering the claims they are searching for a long-term successor to the ageing Per Mertesacker.