After staying up in the league, which VfB Stuttgart still raves about emotionally, Sasa Kalajdzic’s future is the dominant topic. According to Sven Mislintat, staying is anything but likely.
Staying up in injury time on the last day of the game, and that after weeks and months of fear and trembling. No wonder that this actual minimum goal triggered such emotionality in Stuttgart.
VfB also plans to continue working with Sven Mislintat. In turn, he would like to stick with Pellegrino Matarazzo – as he did in the hot end of the season. “It is clearly our goal to maintain the path of continuity,” he now explained to the sports picture.
Typically, this would include holding on to key performers. After all, the Swabians will not just end up in the middle of the table again in the coming season. In terms of personal details, by far the biggest topic at the moment: the future of Sasa Kalajdzic.
The attacker, who scored six goals and set up two more in 15 league appearances, is expected to leave Stuttgart. His contract expires next summer. Either there is a contract extension or a sale within the next few weeks and months.
“It would be great if we can keep Sasa as a player and as a guy in our squad,” Mislintat hoped. The fact that the Austrian has developed a special connection to VfB was clearly visible in the last few games and especially after the final whistle and the secured relegation.
However, the sports director’s prognosis is much more negative: “In my opinion, this is not very likely.”
In the football business, such clear words are almost a kind of guarantee that the respective player will change with a 99 percent probability. “Of course” he has the ability to assert himself at clubs like FC Bayern or BVB, said Mislintat. The two-meter-tall striker is associated with both clubs – for example as a Lewandowski replacement.
However, Kalajdzic himself recently explained (via kicker): “There is nothing concrete on the table from Bayern or others.” The emphasis should be on the “still”. A change is definitely to be expected. Maybe not to the German record champions or to Dortmund – but in all likelihood he will leave Stuttgart.