FRANKFURT: Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus has admitteed having been “stupid” after having been fined more than half a million euros last week for repeatedly driving without a licence.

The 25-year-old international was allegedly issued with several speeding tickets up until 2011 before authorities realised he had been driving without a licence ever since.

Dortmund’s prosecutor’s office said the fine was €540,000 (£440,000) relating to incidents from 2011 until this March.

Reus told German media:“I decided back then to take that road but the reasons I did it are something I cannot really understand today. Today I know that I was too naive and that it was stupid. I have learned my lesson and this will not happen again.”

The midfielder, who missed the World Cup finals through injury, has been linked with several Premier League clubs.