After a difficult 20/21 season, Josuha Guilavogui wants to attack again. Under the new coach Mark van Bommel, the captain hopes of course for more playing time than Oliver Glasner has given him – otherwise a club change is up for debate.
Guilavogui missed the start of training under van Bommel due to a corona infection, but this week the 30-year-old wants to start preparing for the wolves. Then the main thing for the defensive midfielder is to reconnect and to recommend himself for a regular place. “I want to show everyone that I’m still there,” he sent in an interview with the Sports buzzer a declaration of war going on. Because his goal is clear: “I want to play again.”
In the past season he was only in the starting line-up seven times in the Bundesliga. He then criticized Oliver Glasner heavily and accused his ex-coach of having given him false hopes. At least Guilavogui had a better feeling under van Bommel: “He wrote to me during my vacation and during my Corona period – that made me happy. Not all coaches do that.”
The Frenchman’s contract with the Autostadt is dated until 2023 – if he can, he will fulfill it, because “my wish is to stay in Wolfsburg. I have a good relationship with the team and our fans.” But first he will have to wait and see how his role under van Bommel will be. Because with Maxi Arnold and Xaver Schlager, the wolves have a duo in their traditional position that did extremely well in the last season.
“I can’t just come back later and ask: ‘Coach, what do you expect from me? Are you planning with me or not?’ That doesn’t make any sense now, “says Guilavogui, but wants to wait a little longer before he can make a decision about his future. However, he doesn’t want to leave his place without a fight: “I want to play, I accept the fight, I still feel in top shape.”
How and whether it will continue at VfL Wolfsburg for the midfielder, who has been wearing the Wolves jersey since 2014, will have to be decided in the coming weeks. But it is clear that he will not stay in the Autostadt at any cost. Because to experience another season like 20/21, “that won’t work. Otherwise I’ll break down.”