Jiri Pavlenka is definitely a Bundesliga goalkeeper. It was certainly not due to the Czechs that Werder Bremen had to go through a downturn in recent years and had to leave the German upper house in the summer of 2021. Even if Pavlenka himself is toying with an exit – perhaps already in winter – the athletic management would like to rely on the support of the 29-year-old at least until the end of the season.
Jiri Pavlenka is contractually bound to Werder Bremen until June 2022. The fact that Bremen is not (yet) a serious contender for direct promotion to the Bundesliga could even move Pavlenka to say goodbye soon.
On Friday evening the North Germans won 4-0 against Erzgebirge Aue, but in the table the club still occupies a place in the middle of the league. In ninth place, however, the gap to relegation place three is only five points.
After the Aue game, Pavlenka was asked if he was considering a move in winter. The answer of the 1.96 meter giant: “I have to see that. I really don’t know what’s coming. Whether I’ll stay, sign a new contract or go in winter or summer.”
You don’t get the impression that Pavlenka is forcing an exit, but the goalkeeper’s words don’t sound like a pledge of loyalty either. Presumably Werder will work in the background to make Pavlenka palatable to stay. Werder would like to avoid at least an early departure of the key player.
Pavlenka’s contract will expire in June 2022 anyway. Should Bremen still play in the 2nd Bundesliga in the coming season, it seems unrealistic that Pavlenka will stay with Werder.
At the beginning of the season, Pavlenka had back problems, which meant that he had to take a break. When he was fit again, Michael Zetterer was given preference in the Werder goal. Pavlenka only returned between the posts on Matchday 12. After five games, however, the interim conclusion is mixed.
The 14-time national player from his country could potentially be one of the best goalkeepers in the 2nd Bundesliga, but in his five appearances this season he has shown mixed performances.
Should this trend continue, Bremen could possibly get over a farewell Pavlenka more easily.
Clemens Fritz, head of the licensing area at Werder, said in an interview with the Image: “We will sit down with him in winter and discuss the situation. A change in January is not planned on our part. “One is convinced of Pavlenka, Fritz also clarified.