VFL Wolfsburg have found a replacement for the injured American central defender, John Anthony Brooks. They have signed Marcel Tisserand of FC Ingolstadt until the end of the season.
Given that Brooks injury will last 3 months before he could play again, the officials in Wolfsburg had to look for a viable player that fits the profile of the club.
The 24 year old French- Congolese, played for FC Ingolstadt last season but could not prevent the club from relegation.
Tisserand has been given the number 29 jersey.
Naby Keita, had a wonderful time last season for Leipzig. The 22 year old was resolute in midfield and stark in attack. It was no surprise that FC Liverpool came calling for his services. They offered 75 million Euro but was turned down by Leipzig.
According to the latest statement of the sports director, Ralf Rangnick to BILD, “Naby has the option theoretically to leave the club next season. I assume that he plays another stark season, especially in the Champions league, and there would be big clubs that he is interested in. It would be difficult to keep him.”
Leipzig are trying to extend Keita’s contract that is dotted with an exit clause of 50 million Euro next season. Unfortunately they have not been successful.
It appears his days at Leipzig might come to an end next season with a caveat-stark performance during the season.
Kevin Akpoguma celebrated his comeback to the beautiful game, in a test match between TSG Hoffenheim against FC Bologna in the 74th minute recently.
Akpoguma’s comeback is the climax of hardwork, miracle, and hope that he could play football again.
Because he sustained an injury 15 weeks ago, while on loan for Fortuna Dusseldorf last season. His first cervical vertebra was broken. And there were fears that it could lead to paralysis.
Luckily, he was able to survive the injury and has been training with his team for three weeks now.
In the match against Bologna, he was match rusty. He is expected to recover gradually to his old form.
Sidney Sam is facing a difficult time at Schalke because he has become surplus to requirements. The new coach,Domenico Tedesco, informed Sam that he is not in his plans for the season.
The 29 years old Sam did not go with his team mates to pre season training camp in Austria.
Sam accepts his situation with the following comments in kicker, ” the coach wants to train with the players he aims to work with for the season. I have accepted the wish of the coach and i am concentrating on finding another club.”
Sam was sent to Darmstadt on loan last season. His contract with Schalke will end in 2018.
Werder Bremen’s Sambou Yatabaré,is on the verge of leaving the club. He was degraded to the reserve team last season.Yatabaré’s future is not with Bremen because he is surplus to requirements.
He has many offers from numerous clubs. Prominent among them is Royal Antwerpen of Belguim. Werder Bremen’s sport director,Frank Baumann, said in Werser Kurier ,”Sambou has not made up his mind where he wants to play in the future.The next step must be suitable, and there are many options.”
Bremen is waiting for him to decide and if the offer suite the club, then he can go.
Yatabaré came to Bremen from Olympiakos Piräus for 2,5 million Euro in January 2016 and he never had a chance to proove his worth.
Foto: Ulrich Wagner
Daniel Opare left Augsburg last season to get some playing time and be with his family in France.
Opare is currently in pre-season training with FC Augsburg in Mals. He is on a mission to revive his career in Augsburg that took off on a rocky start.
He has not been able to secure a shirt in the starting line up. He played only four games before he went to Lens in January.
Opare faced a litany of problems, like the death of his father in Ghana, and staying far away from family. Also, his favourite position is held by the captain, Paul Verhaegh.
He has a contract with FC Augsburg until 2018. However, it is highly possible that Opare would be sold, if he does not impress the coach in Mals.
FC Augsburg currently have 36 players too many.In other words,there are 3 players each for every position. The coach and management would be forced to determine the strength and quality of the team before the Bundesliga season start.
Opare is in high spirits as he told Augsburger Allgemeine, “I am happy to play football in Augsburg again. I will do everything necessary in the pre-season. What will happen next, i really can not say now.”
Schalke 04 are in talks with Chelsea on turning the loan deal of Ghana’s Abdul Rahman Baba in to a permanent deal. However, the contract of Baba with Schalke, will have a clause that will consider if he is 100% fit from his knee injury.
Baba suffered the cruciate ligament rupture of his knee during the Africa cup in January. His injry is so serious that he is not expected to recover before autumn.
Currently, Baba is undergoing rehabilitaion in Schalke, where he is in good hands.
If the deal come to fruition, Baba will have the chance to work with a coach, Markus Weinzierl, who trusts his talent and rejuvenate his career with Schalke. It is a win-win for both side.
Nigeria’s Noah Sarenren Bazee has extended his contract with his current club, Hannover 96, for 3 years until 2021, despite interests from clubs as diverse as Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen,Borussia Mönchengladbach or Schalke.
Bazee, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury decided to stay with the club because of the prospects of further development in the game. He said, “In Hannover, everything is working out for me. It is a top club in Germany. After the relegation to the second division, the club placed their trust in me and i like to pay back.”
For Hannover, the extension is seen as outcome of successful negotiations of Horst Heldt, the Sport director and Bazee’s agent Florian Goll. Horst Heldt, remarked , “we are happy that we can work together. In the past 12 months, Noah has indicated his big potential.He is hopefully at the beginning of a glorious career and he has not reached his peak.”
Bazee has played 18 times for Hannover, scored a goal and 8 assists.
He was recently invited by Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr, of the Super Eagles to play for Nigeria.
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During the derby between Schalke and Dortmund, Aubameyang scored a goal for Dortmund. He celebrated the goal in style by wearing a mask. The mask celebration was an advertisement for Nike, despite the fact Dortmund is sponsored by Puma.
It is debatable if it was a faux pas or a marketing strategy from Aubameyang. According to a Kicker report, Sport director, Michael Zorc, confirmed that Aubameyang has been fined for his misconduct. Zorc said, ” he was not aware about the consequences of his actions.” He added that the situation was serious and it will not be tolerated by the club. It is reported by BILD that the fine is around €100,000.
There was another photo with the mask circulating in Social media again with Aubameyang, this time, the mask was worn by his brother. Dortmund quickly dispelled rumors that it was a new provocation from Aubameyang.
Rahman Baba got injured at the Africa nations cup in the match between Ghana versus Uganda last week in Gabon. According to a statement issued by Schalke today, “Abdul Rahman Baba’s injury to his left knee was found to be worse than was initially forecasted after his operation in Augsburg yesterday. It presented a picture of a complex rupture to his cruciate ligament along with tears to his internal and external cartilage.
Baba is expected to be on the sidelines for some months to recover from the successful operation.
Therefore, his loan deal with Schalke may have come to an end for this season.