Thomas Meunier claims 'lack of fairness' led to Borussia Dortmund exit

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Thomas Meunier has said that he made the decision to leave Borussia Dortmund after he was told that he would be dropped following Julian Ryerson's return from injury.

With less than six months left on his Borussia Dortmund contract, Thomas Meunier made the decision to join Turkish side Trabzonspor. The right-back left the Black and Yellows on a free transfer, allowing the club to shed his wages months before the expiry of his contract.

Meunier has now had his say on his Borussia Dortmund exit. During a press conference while on Belgium duty earlier this week, the 32 year old said, "Dortmund told me that despite the fact that I was on the pitch, I would be benched again when my direct competitor returned from injury."

"I found this to be a lack of fairness and competition. But the message was clear: If you find an option, take your chances, because with Dortmund it's going to be complicated. And despite the fact that I had six months left on my contract, in my mind the only objective was to return to the national team. So I had to take the risk and try my luck with another team."

Thomas Meunier has featured regularly since his move to Trabzonspor, and has three assists in eight appearances for the club. His performances helped him earn a recall to the Belgium squad for this month's international break. And Meunier's main aim remains to represent the Red Devils at the European Championship this summer.

Meunier made a total of 83 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, having joined the club on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020.