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VfB Stuttgart is looking for reinforcement after the loss of Sasa Kalajdzic

EThere was a moment when the house of cards was almost perfect. Sven Mislintat, the sports director of VfB Stuttgart, put it back together carefully. Important supports were retained, others, some of which were getting on in years, were replaced by fresher ones, and the top towered quite high into the sky, exactly two meters to be exact.

In its second Bundesliga year after relegating from second division in 2020, the club had a squad that had the potential to play at least in the midfield in Germany’s top football class, as in the previous season, perhaps even to look a little further upwards – after years of constant degeneration as a club and team is not a matter of course.

That had to do not least with Saša Kalajdžic, Stuttgart’s tall striker (exactly two meters). After a serious injury, the Austrian was only able to prove himself at the highest level in the past season, after moving from the Austrian Bundesliga to VfB in 2019. 17 goals in 36 competitive games as well as an always powerful presence on the field brought him to the European Championship in summer – and also to the watch lists of several international top clubs with higher quality, better financial possibilities and more tempting prospects than in Baden-Württemberg’s state capital.

All offers blocked

But that’s exactly where Mislintat came into play, the top squad planner of the Stuttgart-based company, who made it clear in an interview with the FAZ that Kalajdžic would only be allowed to go if offers were on the table that “really caused us pain to reject them in the current financial consolidation “. According to reports, such offers actually existed, but the sports director still blocked all offers. Kalajdžic, once fetched for 2.5 million euros and now worth around 22 million euros, should stay in Stuttgart and, as the head of the squad house of cards, help to re-establish the club in the Bundesliga.

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