They are a 'top club' - Schulz flirts with Dortmund move

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The German full-back has added fuel to the fire that he could leave for one of the Bundesliga's leading sides.

Hoffenheim left-back Nico Schulz has labelled Borussia Dortmund a 'top club' amidst rumours they are interested in signing him. 

The 26-year-old full-back came through the youth ranks at Hertha Berlin, before moving to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2015 and then joining current club Hoffenheim two years later.

This season, Schulz has made 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and registering nine assists.

However, at the age of 26, the defender feels the time may be right for him to make the step up to a bigger club.

"I would like to go to a top club [one day], the people in charge know that, that's no secret," Schulz told kicker.

"If such a club really [comes knocking], I am now at an age when I need to sit down and decide if the time has come.

"There are some top clubs [interested], [Borussia] Dortmund counts in any case."

With Marcel Schmelzer the wrong side of 30, Real Madrid loanee Achraf Hakimi out for some time with a serious injury, Raphael Guerreiro a liability defensively and Abdou Diallo a more natural central defender, Dortmund are in need of reinforcements in the position.

Schulz does have a contract with Hoffenheim until 2021, so he is unlikely to be available for a cut-price fee.

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Dortmund will want to keep pace with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, who have already done a hefty chunk of business ahead of the summer window, agreeing deals for Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard from Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart, respectively.

They appear to have let a golden chance to win the league ahead of Bayern slip, however. They stormed into an early lead as the reigning champions struggled to get out of the blocks, but have since dropped off and are now two points behind the league leaders with just two games left to play.

Hoffenheim, meanwhile, sit seventh, just a point off Europa League qualification and only three off the Champions League places.

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