Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel admits he has sympathy for Neven Subotic, who missed out on a move to Middlesbrough after suffering a rib injury.
Tuchel also said he is glad to have defender Neven Subotic back after the collapse of his move to Middlesbrough.
Subotic had been on the verge of an £8m move to Middlesbrough and was shown around the club’s facilities earlier this month, but the 27-year-old Serbian international is likely to be out for the rest of 2016 as he requires surgery on a rib problem.
“I am not disappointed that Nevan comes back,” Tuchel said. “I am disappointed because it was his wish to get the transfer and to play in England and to play for Middlesbrough so I am sorry for him.
“For me he is welcome, he is our player still. He has a contract.
“He needs to have surgery. That is latest information I have so he will get all our support to come back strong. He will get all the support every player gets who is with our squad.”