Marcus Thuram is set to leave Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer at the end of the season amid reports of interest from Chelsea and Inter.
Gladbach sporting director Roland Virkus made it clear on Sunday that Gladbach could lose the French international when his contract expires at the end of June.
Many European elite clubs are showing interest in Thuram, with Inter reportedly leading the charge against Chelsea and Gladbach’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
The 25-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided three more assists in the Bundesliga this season and only five players have improved his 14 goals among the best German players.
Virkus, in a conversation with Sport1, seems to have admitted a likely defeat in Gladbach’s attempts to keep the great son of France, Lilian Thuram.
He said: “With Marcus Thuram, we stretched. We have to put up with it when there are even bigger clubs that Markus can go to.”
Virkus added: “The fact that players are leaving us for free is not a positive situation and I can’t sugarcoat it.”
Gladbach is eighth in the Bundesliga after Thuram scored in a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich on Saturday.