Michael Preetz tries to win a smile. Whether there is a new stand in the stadium plans of Hertha BSC? "The Berlin policy is currently summer break – accordingly, there is nothing new," says the manager of the Bundesliga.
At the time, Preetz spent almost an hour with a dozen journalists and two camera crews on the "MS Fontane" across the Ruppiner See and presented his view of the sporting, economic and structural expectations for the new season, before the steamer returned to the team hotel invests. "I can assure you that we are on the subject," says the 51-year-old and goes back to land. It is not a daring forecast that the planned new building will occupy the club for a few months, possibly even years.
Previously, Preetz is clearly informative on other topics. After a brief summary of the athletic training camp in Neuruppin, Brandenburg, which will end on Wednesday morning with a final session, especially the recently announced entry of the investor Lars Windhorst is the subject of various inquiries.
Windhorst has acquired 37.5 percent of Hertha BSC GmbH & Co. KGaA for 125 million euros; With the biggest financial deal in the history of the Bundesliga, the club wants to push into new spheres both sportily and economically. "The money will allow us to serve ourselves on a higher shelf," said the new coach Ante Covic these days the "kicker". "But we will not do stupid things," added Covic dutifully.
At Preetz this sounds similar. "If you do not act smart, the money is quickly gone," says the manager. "Therefore, we want – in addition to the team – above all, invest in the future fields of the association, but just with a sense of proportion." At the basic orientation of the association should change little: Despite the cash injection, Hertha sees itself as a training club, which has its own balance sheet Wants to improve transfer revenue.
Especially at Maier Preetz sees much potential
Preetz cites the case of Valentino Lazaro as an example. When the Berliners signed the Austrian from Salzburg two years ago, no-one really knew what it was like to be productive and capable of development – not least because Lazaro had just recovered from a serious injury. In Berlin, he was retrained by former coach Pal Dardai involuntarily to full-back. "In the end, that has meant that he now plays for a Champions League participant – in a long time unloved position." By the way, the Berlin were happy about a transfer proceeds beyond the 20-million-euro limit.
At any rate, Preetz would have no problem with it if the example of Lazaro made school. "We will continue to look for players who cost a manageable amount and have potential," he says. On the other hand, it is not excluded that Hertha sometimes invests 30 million euros for a desired candidate. "But it has to suit us," says Preetz. Today, Davie Selke is the most expensive entry in the club's history with eight million euros.
"Basically, I do not think that you can evolve the team if you put an extremely expensive player in and fix everything on him. The microstructure must continue to be right, "says Preetz. This credo is also pursued by the coach. "We are not signing with Eduard Löwen a German U-21 national player to then put him a 30-million-man in the nose," says Covic. "I'm from the offspring and will do a hell of neglecting our talents."
For Covic and Preetz, players who are already in Neuruppin or who join the team in a timely manner will be responsible: Jordan Torunarigha, for example, or Maximilian Mittelstädt and Arne Maier, who are still on vacation after being invited to the U21. Especially at Maier sees Preetz still much potential: "We have seen Arne very rare in dangerous situations, although he has the quality to do so. We have to take him there. "The expectations of defender Niklas Stark are similarly high. "He may be able to fight for relevant positions in the national team," says Preetz.
Finally, German national players are also impressed by Hertha BSC, because there has recently been a Bundesliga competitor from Köpenick. "The city of sports Berlin is changing because of its attention," says Preetz. However, the ambitions of his club are clear, he emphasizes: "It's about winning these two games."