Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler will leave the struggling club at the end of the season in order to continue his career in the Bundesliga.
Die Roten are rock-bottom of the league standings, nine points adrift of 16th-placed Werder Bremen, who occupy the relegation play-off spot with three games left to play.
Daniel Stendel's side are resigned to the drop with Schalke, Hoffenheim and Bayern their final three opponents, although Zieler is backing the Lower Saxony outfit to win promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.
"I feel that a club like 96 belongs in the Bundesliga, no ifs or buts," the World Cup winner wrote on Facebook. "I hope that it's just a short stopover in the second division."
However, Zieler does not intend to see out the final year of his contract at the HDI Arena, which contains a release clause allowing him to leave if they are relegated.
The Germany international, who holds a club record of 173 consecutive Bundesliga appearances, confirmed he has offers to consider.
"I don't want to mislead the fans or beat about the bush, but rather be honest," added Zieler. "Some offers have come in, but I haven't made a decision yet."