Marcel Halstenberg: Injury prevented move to Borussia Dortmund from going through

Marcel Halstenberg. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
Marcel Halstenberg. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) /

Marcel Halstenberg has said that his injury prevented him from joining Borussia Dortmund from RB Leipzig in the summer transfer window. 

Marcel Halstenberg was heavily linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window. But the move reportedly fell through in the end. Now the RB Leipzig defender has confirmed that there was contact, but the ankle injury he suffered at the Euros prevented the transfer from going through.

"In an interview with the Leipziger Volkszeitung, Halstenberg said:“There was contact but the whole thing could not be implemented, mainly due to my injury.  I didn’t necessarily want to leave RB, I have had a wonderful and successful time here.”"

At one point in August, it appeared that Borussia Dortmund were closing in on the signing of Halstenberg for a fee of around 10 million euros. But the transfer did not go through in the end, and the Black and Yellows ended up signing Marin Pongracic from VfL Wolfsburg on a season long loan deal instead.

Halstenberg is still on the road to recovery and it remains to be seen when he will be fully fit again. His contract with RB Leipzig expires at the end of the current season, but it is unlikely that Borussia Dortmund will renew their interest in signing him next summer.

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Halstenberg, who was a Borussia Dortmund fan growing up, spent two years playing for BVB II early in his career but never made an appearance for the senior team. The versatile defender then moved to St. Pauli in 2013 before making the switch to RB Leipzig two years later. He has been with Leipzig ever since, and has made a total of 185 appearances for them.