Former DFB star has no future: Borussia Dortmund founds the training group Schulz

Former DFB star has no future
Borussia Dortmund establishes the Schulz training group

By Stephan Uersfeld

The last three years in Nico Schulz’s life as a footballer have been a continual leap. After listing with a market value of € 25 million, it drops below any cryptocurrency in a blink of an eye. There is no future at BVB. The former national player should be blocked.

Footballer Nico Schulz was once a promising international. Born in Berlin, he made his way to Adler’s team through the stations Hertha BSC, Borussia Mönchengladbach and TSG Hoffenheim. For a moment it looked like he could fill the eternal gap on the left side. But then in 2019, he dared to jump from the quiet Hoffenheim to the big world of football with a transfer of 25 million euros to Borussia Dortmund and failed.

In three years, he made only 61 tournaments for BVB and made a good impression in only a few of those games. A few weeks after his involvement, he was on the bench early under coach Lucien Favr. He never returned, the initially euphoric long “Schuuuuuuulz” as a sign of appreciation from the stands quickly turned into nervous whispers and whistles. It didn’t help that he scored his only goal in December 2019, during his rookie season in Dortmund.

High salary, no future

With around seven million euros, Schulz is still one of the highest earners in Borussia Dortmund, with which he has a contract until 2024. The eternal runner-up just wants to get rid of the 29-year-old, but it’s not that simple. There are no notable prospects for the left-back, so BVB is now putting pressure on him, Ruhr Nachrichten reports.

“Nico knows his situation,” BVB coach Edin Terzic said on Monday, and the local newspaper explains exactly what the situation looks like. The twelve-time representative should therefore not be part of the Dortmund team, which will go to the training camp from Friday. Instead, he should train individually or with a second team in the Westphalian metropolis. There is still no official confirmation from the club, but bets on Schulz’s next appearances in the club environment will not be accepted.

If Schulz was still in the run by Manchester United in 2020, there are now a few less serious options for the former international who recently wore the German jersey in November 2020. Nevertheless, people close to BVB tell you that the left-back has rejected a number of offers from home and abroad in recent weeks.

The fundamental problem of Dortmund

The all-new Borussia is looking to strike with fresh staff after a disappointing previous season under the former coach. With Sebastien Haller, Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck, Karim Adeyemi and Salih Öczan, the club has already presented many new players under the leadership of new sporting director Sebastian Kehl and club icon Edina Terzic, who has returned as a coach.

But the problems with Schulz are examples of a transfer policy that has partially failed in recent years. After donning the black and yellow jersey, many high-end and far too well-paid transfers stagnated. Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard as well as Raphael Guerreiro, who has long been controversial for his defensive weaknesses, may leave the club this summer if suitable offers come along. But the huge earnings and low-promising results in previous years have also drastically limited the market for this quartet.

Lack of money for space creates space for Rothe

This means that the desired transfer of David Raum from Hoffenheim cannot be financed at the moment. As a left-back, last season’s rising star has a good chance of a spot in the Hansi Flick’s World Cup squad. For now, however, he will not be competing in the Qatar tournament as a Dortmund player.

Schulz did not want anymore, the unstable and vulnerable Guerreiro and the lack of money for the place for which Hoffenheim is promising 40 million euros – this opens the door to two young stars on the left-back, whom Terzic will take a closer look at in the coming weeks. – In this position we have two good youngsters in Prince Aning and Tom Rothe. We want to use their preparation to see how far they are, the coach said in a public training session on Monday.

Rothe in particular is a promising player. On his professional debut on April 16 in a 6-1 win against unfortunate Mittelland man VfL Wolfsburg, the 17-year-old only needed 24 minutes to score his first goal for the BVB. In Dortmund, he is more trusted than Schulz. Which, considering the former player’s record, is not surprising.

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