A lot going on this summer around the Gladbach Borussia. New coach, some injury concerns and constant transfer rumors shape the picture. Max Eberl has now taken a clear position.
Borussia Mönchengladbach has ended the training camp in Marienfeld. At the end, coach Adi Hütter thanked his team: “I thanked the team for a great training camp, for their commitment, attitude and willingness,” the Austrian said RP.
In their luggage back to the Lower Rhine, the foals still have a lot of personal question marks. On the one hand, this affects the injured situation. Newcomer Manu Koné had already injured his knee in the first week of training, and captain Lars Stindl and left-back Ramy Bensebaini joined the team in the training camp. On the last day, keeper Tobias Sippel also got hit. Gladbach’s number two injured his hand and had to stop training. An exact diagnosis is still pending.
Manager Max Eberl also commented on the injured in a media round: “Of course we are not happy about it. At least with Lars and Ramy we hope that they will be back at the start of the competitive games. With Manu Koné we have to wait. We are taking a risk certainly not one of the players. ” The 47-year-old had extra praise for a youngster: “Joe Scally has proven that at just 18.5 years old, he is one step ahead of others.”
After the departure of Michael Lang, the US talent is apparently given the role of number two in the back right this season. Good news for Eberl, after all, he still has enough work to do in this transfer period.
Because in addition to the injured, the constant transfer rumors shape the Gladbach summer. It is unusually restless on the Lower Rhine. To some extent a curse of one’s own good deed – after all, there are many coveted players in the squad after the successful last years.
“If we give up players, it will be on a small scale.”
– Max Eberl
Farewell and successor candidates are in any case traded in abundance. Eberl also commented explicitly in the media round: “We are still in an if-then situation. Overall, it is relatively quiet, even if there is currently a lot of speculation: On the one hand, an extremely large number of players would have left us and on the other On the other hand, a corresponding number of names are traded, which will therefore come across to us as an alternative. I understand all this speculation. But I have to do my job, and everything is a bit slow and sluggish. Therefore: There is no new stand. Also I’ll wait for something to happen. “
So the calm before the storm? If Eberl has its way, it will be more of a mild breeze. All too big changes in the squad shouldn’t happen anymore. “It is by no means the case that we lose six, seven players or even four. One, two or three transfers can happen. We try to prepare for these cases, but there are an incredible number of constellations. We would be, we are also prepared But again: If we give up players, then on a small scale. And if not, we have a strong squad available again. We have to make good decisions – for our sporting success, but always taking into account the Corona period “, he held on.
The current focus is particularly on Denis Zakaria and Matthias Ginter. Both contracts will expire next year – and you don’t want to let both go free of charge. “At Denis we have been trying to extend with him since October. Denis and his management told us relatively clearly that they would favor a transfer this summer if something happens. Let’s wait and see what happens,” said Eberl about the situation for the Swiss national player.
At Ginter, Eberl announced further talks, but let it be known that the defense chief simply couldn’t make an adequate financial offer at the moment: “Even if Matze says that there was never an offer: Of course I’m in contact with his management. There there is also no bad blood. We’d like to extend the contract with Matze, but maybe we don’t have the financial resources to do justice to a player like him. That has already been discussed. Matze is now coming back from vacation for the time being. Then you will sit down and find out what you can do, us as a club and he as a player.
So it should take a while before the Gladbach squad 2021/22 is finally determined. The imponderables of the transfer market and the constant new rumors will accompany Eberl until the end of August. Or as the foal sports director puts it: “There are days when you are four steps further. And on other days you are six steps back. This is currently a snail race.”