Borussia Dortmund and Schalke have confirmed the transfer of Brazilian defender Felipe Santana.

The 6ft 4in centre-back had asked Dortmund and Jurgen Klopp for a transfer this summer and the Champions League runner-ups decided not to stand in his way.

"We would like to thank him for five fantastic, successful years and we wish him all the best for his personal future," said Dortmund director of sport Michael Zorc.

Santana's Dortmund career lacked regular football with Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic the two first-choice centre back under Jurgen Klopp. However, the 27-year-old has played 95 games in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals in his five-year spell at Borussia Dortmund.

"It was a tough decision for me to leave," he told Dortmund's official website. "That is clear by the fact I extended my contract last summer even though I was not playing regularly.

"But I have got to play regularly now if I want my dream of playing for the Brazil national team to become reality, and that is the aim I have."

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has already replaced Santana with the signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The 24-year-old centre-back was loaned to Werden Bremen in the summer of 2011 from AC Milan, and was later permanently signed the following season.

Last week, Dortmund confirmed the signing worth €9.5m, which signalled the possible departure of the Brazilian this summer.

Santana added: "It is important for me to thank the fans, my team-mates and the club bosses for the wonderful time I had in Dortmund."

Santana scored a crucial injury-time goal against Malaga in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, which helped Dortmund reach the final they lost 2-1 into the hands of Bayern Munich.

 

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