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The Daily Bee (July 31st, 2017): Watzke thought about resigning

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  • Watzke thought about resignation

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim “Aki” Watzke thought about resigning after the troublesome events of last season.

As we all know it was a tough one for Aki, maybe even tougher than his first couple seasons after he took over in 2005 when he had to save the club from bankruptcy. Even though it was a successful season for Dortmund with the victory of the DFB Cup and the direct qualification for the Champions League. However the season was marred by the bombing of the team bus where the team thankfully got off lightly and the subsequent fight between Watzke and Tuchel. As a result of that Tuchel had to go at the end of the season and Watzke was heavily criticized for his handling of the entire situation.

While the criticism was valid, it was also a bit too much at times for someone who has done tremendous things for this club and continues to do so. Consequently Watzke admitted in an interview with kicker that he thought about resigning at the end of the season, especially if Dortmund would have lost the Cup final. Thankfully BVB won the final and Watzke decided to stay.

  • Be prepared for more transfer rumors

Well it was quiet for a few days and we all knew this wasn’t gonna last. The Ous-rumors died down and after Zorc and Watzke announced that they wouldn’t listen to any more offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and that the “internal transfer window” was officially closed.

It’s unlikely that the internal transfer window will open again so we can assume that the squad won’t change in any significant way except maybe a Mor-loan. Nevertheless be prepared for new rumors in the coming days and weeks simply because the imminent Neymar-to-PSG-deal will throw the transfer market for a loop. Some rather questionable outlets have already begun mentioning BVB-players as possible transfer targets, for example Dembélé as a possible replacement for Neymar or Pulisic as a replacement for Coutinho in case he will be Neymar’s heir in Barcelona.

I wouldn’t be to worried because both have long running contracts and both seem happy to be in Dortmund but that won’t keep some outlets from heavily speculating about both players.

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But seriously I want to hear about your squad and why you chose those specific players.