Maxilian Philipp has reportedly agreed to a deal with Hertha BSC Berlin. The Bundesliga club has emerged as the new favorite to sign Philipp after a deal with VfL Wolfsburg fell through. However Dortmund’s demands might be a problem for Hertha, the black and yellows ask for around 20€ million.
Dynamo Moscow was heavily rumored to be Philipp’s next destination and they are still in the race for his signature. The Russian club is ready to pay BVB’s demands and slightly raise Philipp’s salary. Nevertheless Philipp would like to stay in Germany and is ready to accept slightly less money to play in the Bundesliga.
- Götze talks contract extension (kicker)
Mario Götze has for the first time talked about his contract situation, the 27-year-old described his mindset as “relatively relaxed” when it comes to contract negotiations. Götze was also asked about a possible move to another league if he won’t agree to a new contract with Dortmund and he had this to say:
“[...] of course it’s a topic, because it is now my tenth Bundesliga season. Everything can happen in football, but it’s not that I’ve generally thought about where I would like to go. Now, I have one more year on my contract in Dortmund and I feel comfortable in the Bundesliga, otherwise I would not have been here playing for so long.”
Hans-Joachim Watzke has talked in an extensive interview with Ruhr Nachrichten about various topics like BVB’s title ambitions, the past season, the transfers this summer and the return of Mats Hummels.
About the upcoming Supercup Watzke had this to say:
“It is the most important test of preparation, but also the first competitive game. Due to the narrow finish of the two teams in the past season, the game has of course for many German football fans again another value. In the past, the stadium was sold out in one or two weeks. This time it was a few hours. People are looking forward to it. And with everything that I hear from Munich, it is also taken seriously there.”
BVB has also been linked with various strikers and most BVB-fans would like to see another striker in Dortmund, an opinion that Watzke can’t share:
“I will never understand this discussion. We are in a good position in the attack center with Paco Alcacer and we have two or three players who can play well up front. Surprisingly, this discussion doesn’t exist in Munich, because everyone knows that they are well positioned with Robert Lewandowski. The fact that we did not become champions is least of all because we did not score enough goals.”