Werder Bremen director of sport Klaus Allofs has explained he had no choice but to terminate the contract of Dusko Tosic yesterday.
Tosic backed out of a move to second division Duisburg over the weekend and Allofs believes he had to let him go.
"After his renewed misbehaviour in the last few days, we are happy to have now closed this chapter," said Allofs in a press release. "We have never before experienced a player behaving like him."
Tosic initially agreed to join Duisburg on loan until the end of the season, but then failed to turn up for his presentation.
Instead, he tried to negotiate his own move to an unnamed Premier League club, but when that never materialised, it left him still with a valid contract with Bremen, for whom he has made only 22 appearances in the last two and a half years.
Since they had already negotiated and agreed upon his passage to Duisburg, they no longer had any intention of continuing to pay his wages, which is why the Serbian's contract was terminated and he is now a free agent.
"The player assured us and his agent that he would go to MSV (Duisburg) on loan," explained Allofs. "In the evening, he just did not show up in Duisburg as planned."
The collapse of the loan did not affect the exchange deal between the two clubs which saw Kevin Schindler join the Zebras and Sandro Wagner move to Bremen.