Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Neven Subotic will not be leaving the club this summer, despite interest from Middlesbrough.
The centre-back is injured and will be ruled out for the year and requires an operation, meaning he will not switch clubs during the current transfer window.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 20, 2016
The news will be a bitter blow for newly-promoted Boro, who had agreed an £8 million fee for the player, according to Sky Sports.
Earlier on Wednesday news broke that the move had broken down though, despite expectations that Subotic would be joining up with Aitor Karanka’s men and his new team-mates at their Marbella training camp next week.
However, Dortmund have now revealed the reason behind the failed transfer is due to Subotic’s injury.
The 27-year-old Serbia international has been with Dortmund since 2008, making 258 appearances for the Bundesliga club.
Under Thomas Tuchel the centre-back has become surplus to requirements though, and a Premier League move looked on the cards with Middlesbrough, but Subotic could now stay and fight for his place in Germany when he returns from injury.