Marco Reus: We would have made a big splash in Europe if we had been able to keep our players

Marco Reus. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Marco Reus. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) /

Marco Reus believes that Borussia Dortmund would have made a real splash in Europe if they had been able to keep some of the players who have left the club in recent years.

It has been a case of so close, yet so far for Borussia Dortmund on a number of occasions over the last few years. The Black and Yellows have come close to building some really special teams, only for exits of key players to halt their progress and force the club into another rebuild.

And BVB captain Marco Reus has now admitted that losing important players is a real shame, adding that it has prevented the club from making progress in the way they would have liked. While appearing on the OMR podcast, the Germany international said:

"“It’s always a brutal shame to see that we sign incredibly good young players who then, unfortunately, have the dream of continuing their development elsewhere after two or three years. If we had been able to keep the players we had, we would have made quite a splash in Europe.”"

A number of key players have left Borussia Dortmund for pastures new in recent seasons, including Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele, and Christian Pulisic. Erling Haaland followed that trend this summer, joining English Premier League side Manchester City after establishing himself as one of the best strikers in the world with BVB.

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Despite their exits, Borussia Dortmund have largely managed to stay competitive both in the Bundesliga and in Europe. And after a summer of shrewd spending, there is real excitement about the BVB squad for this season. Marco Reus has been at Borussia Dortmund through thick and thin, and he will certainly be hoping that they can take the fight to Bayern Munich in the race for the Bundesliga title this season.