Simunic set for Hertha exit

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Hertha Berlin will part company with defender Josip Simunic at the end of the current season.

General manager Dieter Hoeness revealed on Tuesday that negotiations with the Croatian international stopper had broken down and that Simunic looked set to leave the Olympiastadion in the summer.

"Josip Simunic has always been our top priority thus far, but we will now start talking to other candidates for his position," Hoeness commented.

"We have tried everything, but we haven't been able to reach an agreement with him."

News of the 28-year-old's departure comes just 24 hours after Hertha announced that the contract of Simunic's fellow Croatian international Niko Kovac would not be extended.

Both players will be able to impress potential buyers representing their country at the upcoming World Cup.