Borussia Mönchengladbach has apparently ruled out a winter transfer of their goalkeeper Yann Sommer to Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga club is said to have rejected a change from the Swiss to the record champions, reports the Rheinische Post. “We will not give up Yann Sommer. That’s what we told Bayern,” sporting director Roland Virkus told the newspaper on Saturday.
Coach Daniel Farke had already made a clear statement on this topic in advance. Regarding the change speculation, the coach replied that he “has no intention of giving him up. He is one of the top goalkeepers in Europe”.
According to information from the broadcaster Sky, however, the change should not yet be finally ruled out. Under certain circumstances, Gladbach could still agree, the broadcaster reports. the Rheinische Post also writes restrictively that Gladbach might become weak with an offer in the “immoral” category. Also loud Bild-Zeitung Bayern should not have given up the transfer yet.
During negotiations, public statements are sometimes used as a means of pressure. Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn initially ruled out a change from striker Robert Lewandowski last summer with a “basta” – only to then agree to the transfer to FC Barcelona.
On Saturday, Gladbach won 2-0 (1-0) in the first test match of the winter preparations against third division side VfB Oldenburg without their regular goalkeeper Sommer. The goals were scored by Rami Bensebaini (19th) and Patrick Herrmann (75th). Hannes Wolf and Florian Neuhaus made their comeback after their injuries.
As announced, Farke did without Sommer when his team won. “Yann prefers to train for several weeks in preparation before playing again.” It is planned that he “will be used in the last two friendlies.” Instead, Tobias Sippel and Jan Olschowsky each played a half in goal for the Swiss. World Cup participant Marcus Thuram, who only returned to team training on Friday, was also absent.