Serbian defender won't be signing for United or Chelsea

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has disappointed Chelsea and Manchester United by stating his intentions to stay with the German side.

The Serbian centre back, 24, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with both Chelsea and Manchester United credited with an interest, but has vowed to continue his development with Jurgen Klopp's side.

"Most of us started here at a very young age and grew together. It makes it special that I can look at almost anyone in the team and recount 30 times where he saved my butt or I saved his. That is very unique now days and we all see the benefit of it.

"I wouldn’t move to any other club because I’m still growing with this club at a very great rate where it would be silly for me to go somewhere and try to grow faster with a big chance of then maybe sitting on the bench."

With Manchester United seemingly set to allow fellow Serbian Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave the club at the end of the season when their contracts expire, manager David Moyes is eyeing up a new central defender, and has been heavily linked with Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) and even former United reserve, Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), but Subotic was also suggested as a target in a player-plus-cash deal.

With Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa struggling for first team action under Moyes this season, and Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp suggesting he would be open for Kagawa to return to Signal Iduna Park, the media suggested a potential swap deal, with Kagawa heading back to Dortmund and Subotic assuming a role in United's defence, but Klopp is adamant that Subotic will not be leaving.

‘Jurgen would love to have Kagawa back at the club and had made it clear the door is always open for him,’ reported the Daily Mail.

‘Shinji was quite emotional when he left and said he didn’t want to go but couldn’t turn down the chance of playing for United. Now it seems to have turned sour, he would be welcomed back with open arms.

‘But United can forget about Subotic. When it was put to the powers that be, it was rejected out of hand. Klopp doesn’t want to lose him. He’s only 24, despite all his experience, and is an integral part of the team.’

Meanwhile, Chelsea are gradually drawing ever closer to the end of the John Terry era, and with David Luiz still capable of lapses in concentration, manager Jose Mourinho could seek defensive reinforcements, particularly if Barcelona firm up their interest in Luiz. Subotic could by tempted by a move to West London should his teammate Robert Lewandowski make the move to Stamford Bridge, with the Polish striker being eyed for a cut-price £7m move.

A tough, uncompromising defender who dominates aerial battles, Subotic looks to be made to play in the Premier League, and with both sides seeking that type of defender, they will no doubt be disappointing to hear his commitment to Dortmund and Klopp.

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