For years, Kevin Großkreutz was a figure of identification at Borussia Dortmund. Even today, he is still closely associated with the club. However, there is one thing he misses about the current team.

He understands Borussia Dortmund like few others!

Kevin Großkreutz lived the dream of many fans and became a professional footballer at his favourite club. He played a total of 16 years for BVB, which he supported from the South Stand as a youngster.

But it is precisely this bond between the players and the club that the 33-year-old misses these days, as he revealed in the Ruhr-Nachrichten podcast 7er-Kette.

“Of course not everyone can do that,” he said, showing understanding for the players’ situation, “but you need guys like that again, who march for the club, who give everything for the club.”

Bellingham? “You need players like that”

In this, he probably remembers himself and Marcel Schmelzer, who recently ended his career. The two were considered model professionals in the showpiece team under Jürgen Klopp, which won the championship in 2011 and even the double in 2012, who constantly gave their all.

n the current team, he sees this quality in one professional in particular. “When I think of Bellingham: He does it outstandingly. You need players like that.” However, there also needs to be consistency in the team, which is why he hopes “he stays a little longer than just another year or two.”

Großkreutz on Terzic: He can follow in Jürgen Klopp’s footsteps

At the coaching position, however, he sees his heart’s club well positioned with the switch from Marco Rose to Edin Terzic. “I am happy for Edin. He is a Dortmund boy. I know Edin quite well, he has a top character and is full of emotion. I think he will fit in at Dortmund.”

However, Großkreutz also knows that coaches always have a hard time at Dortmund because they are constantly compared to Jürgen Klopp. “But Edin can do it and I wish he would.”