Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing of promising Swiss youngster Nico Elvedi. The 18 year joins from FC Zurich and has been capped by Switzerland at various youth levels.
Gladbach, who will compete in the Champions League this year thanks to their third place finish in the Bundesliga, said that Elvedi had penned a four year contract, and they thought the player had the goods to make it big in Germany.
Elvedi is a versatile player who can feature as both a central or a right defender, and can even fill in as a central midfielder, should the need arise.
Ilkay Gundogan is seemingly on his way to Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund officially announced that he will not extend his contract with the club. Gundogan is contracted to BVB till 2016, but has said he will not pen an extension, and that almost certainly means Dortmund will listen to offers for him this summer, or they’ll risk him going for nothing like Robert Lewandowski went to Bayern.
United have been long time admirers of Gundogan, and while he’s struggled for fitness in recent times, he’s slowly reaching his 2012/13 levels where he was a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League runners up side. Continue reading “Gundogan to Man Utd? Or will Chelsea hijack bid?”
Of all the clubs to benefit from the untimely demise of Borussia Dortmund, it’s Wolfsburg that have really kicked on and taken advantage.
Currently lying in second place in the Bundesliga, they have little hope of catching leaders Bayern, but do have a comfortable cushion over the chasing pack.
And so Champions League football awaits Dieter Hecking’s improving side – but even this might not be enough to keep the sharks of Europe from circling Continue reading “Five Wolfsburg Stars Ready to be Snapped Up by European Giants”
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has announced in a presser today (April 15, 2015) that he will be leaving the club at the end of the current 2014/15 season. Klopp has been at the Westfalenstadion for the last seven years and turned them into a squad capable of challenging Bayern in the Bundesliga and the best of Europe in the Champions League.
However this season has been poor for Klopp, with Dortmund struggling in mid table, and already out of the Champions League. He has said that the “time is right for a new Dortmund manager” Continue reading “Jurgen Klopp leaves Dortmund- Klopp announces BVB exit”
Joachim Low believes Lukas Podolski has become a better player as a result of his move to Arsenal, ESPN has reported. The Germany Coach added that Podolski was now one of the first names on his team sheet due to the start he has made in the Premier League.
Podolski has passed the 100-cap mark for Germany but ESPN notes his future in the national team was thought to be under threat, thanks to the proliferation of young attacking talent making its way through the ranks. Low however has moved to dismiss such speculation, insisting that Podolski has an important role to play – thanks in large part to his summer transfer to the Gunners.
Low said: “I have always been able to count on him for many years. That makes him indispensable for us. Even if he did not always start games, I always rated him very highly.
“I think the progress he is making at Arsenal is very positive. He always has such a positive energy about him and is benefiting from his experiences with Arsenal.”
Podolski has made nine appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring four times, including two goals in the Champions League in as many games. The 27-year-old was previously with FC Koln, and also spent time at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Premier League clubs have been put on red alert after Schalke general manager Horst Heldt revealed the striker has a £17m buy-out clause in his contract, says Talksport.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be interested in the Dutch international who has scored 76 in 92 league games for German club Schalke.
The former Ajax striker has also had spells at both Real Madrid and AC Milan which were not so successful.
“Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it,” Heldt told Bild.
“But, Klaas Jan has always stressed that he wants to be a champion. This he can be only with Real or Barcelona in Spain.
“I do not think he wants to go there. What would he do there? Since nothing more than the weather is better.”
Borussia Munchengladbach are on the verge of signing highly rated Junior Hoilett. The Sun are reporting that despite strong interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, the 23-year-old is looking more and more likely to make the switch to the Bundesliga. The winger is out of contract at Ewood Park and talks of his next destination have been hotly discussed all season.
Hoilett has played 81 games for Blackburn Rovers and scored 12 times, but it is thought that his future is a bright one, hence the battle for his signature from Europe’s elite. The North London clubs seemed his most likely destination at one stage, but reports from Europe suggest the deal with Munchengladbach is already signed. Bayern Munich were also keen on the player.
Tottenham Hotspurs’ Dutch midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has refused to rule out a return to Germany in order to be closer to his wife according to reports in the Metro.
The Metro references a recent conversation between the 29-year-old and German newspaper ‘Bild’ with Van Der Vaart saying “I don’t know. Actually, I want to stay at Tottenham. But in football, you never know’ when asked about the possibility of switching clubs.
Schalke have emerged as the front-runners in any speculated deal due to his wife’s work, just an hour away from Schalke’s training ground, though its not thought Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is willing to sell the player.
German football magazine Der Kicker has confirmed that Bundesliga side Schalke have inquired about the availability of Tottenham schemer Rafael van der Vaart. The move may surprise the White Hart Lane faithful, who have taken the Dutchman to their hearts since his transfer from Real Madrid.
But a transfer to Germany may have some attraction for the twenty nine year old, who spent three years with Schalke’s Bundesliga rivals Hamburg before the move to Real. Firstly, his wife Sylvie has a successful television career in Germany and secondly his former coach at Hamburg and compatriot Huub Stevens is now Schalke’s boss and his Dutch international team mate Klas Jan Hunterlaar their star striker.
However the financial details may be the stumbling block for the Germans and they are more likely to turn their attention to Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou in the hunt to replace departing Spanish star Raul.
According to Sky, German club Bayern Munich has offered midfielder Tymoshchuk to two Italian clubs Inter and AC Milan.
The man who has made nearly 600 appearances in club football across the continent, is sure to leave the German club before the start of next season. He has been limited to bits and part role in Munich, but has probably made his last appearance in the famous red jersey in the final of the champions league. Although the Ukrainian international, who has won 116 caps for his nation, has steered away from commenting on his future. In an interview some time back, Tymoshchuk has said “I want to make my work here and I don’t think about any rumours or my future. I’m not tracking any news“. Spartak Moscow has been linked with a move for him for a long time now.
Now, according to Sky, Bayern have offered him to Inter and AC Milan. Bayern will be looking to sell some players in order to make space for some new faces. Both the Milanese club have been in the look out for a defensive midfielder, with Milan loosing lot of experience head through retirement. Inter has already been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra and Nigel de Jong of Manchester City. But Tymoshchuk mite only seem to be a back-up plan considering his age.