BVB: Sammer’s sentence to Bellingham caught Borussia Dortmund cold

BVB: Sammer’s sentence to Bellingham caught Borussia Dortmund cold
Borussia Dortmund Disruptive factor in the title fight

Sammer’s statement about Bellingham caught BVB cold

Stand: 12.05.2023

Matthias Sammer is the personal advisor to BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke Matthias Sammer is the personal advisor to BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke

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Matthias Sammer said a sentence about Jude Bellingham that doesn’t make BVB look good – and makes the striker’s move to Real Madrid more likely. In the title fight against FC Bayern, the action comes at the wrong time. Coach Terzic reacts.

WWhilst Borussia Dortmund is in the most exciting title duel of the past ten years, Matthias Sammer of all people fueled the delicate transfer issue surrounding Jude Bellingham – and thus caused unnecessary unrest before the duel this Saturday against Borussia Mönchengladbach (6.30 p.m., in the sports ticker der WORLD) taken care of.

At Amazon Prime Video, where Sammer works as a TV pundit, he was asked if the looming move to Real Madrid wasn’t too soon for 19-year-old Bellingham. “He would at least get a better education than in Dortmund,” Sammer replied. Because he not only gets his salary from Amazon, but is also paid for his work as a personal advisor by BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke, such a sentence is of course not without a certain piquancy.

According to information from BILD, Sammer’s current consultancy contract will run until 2025. According to the report, after a corona-related salary cut, he should receive around 400,000 euros per year for his work at Borussia (including game and player analyses). A new deal has always been a mere formality between Sammer and club boss Watzke since 2018, the newspaper wrote and raised the question: “BVB seething because of his statement. Is Dortmund now cold for Sammer?”

BVB would like to see more moderate tones from Sammer

His appearances on television as an expert, with clear text analyzes flashing through again and again, are seen by the people of Dortmund at least with some stomach rumble. At least the expectations are different. In the opinion of the club, his statements on the subject of Borussia Dortmund could be more moderate and not entirely blunt, according to the club in the past.

On the other hand, everyone at Borussia Dortmund is now more or less clear that Bellingham should be gone in the summer because his decision-making process should be completed. According to BILD, the offensive player will reject the Bundesliga second’s offer for an early contract extension until 2026. The 19-year-old decided this for himself, although he was also offered a significantly improved salary, it said. The English national player’s contract in Dortmund runs until June 30, 2025. Its market value is estimated by the specialist portal transfermarkt.de at 120 million euros. Bellingham came to BVB from Birmingham City in the summer of 2020 for 25 million euros.

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As for Sammer’s parenting advice, he didn’t elaborate further. However, it is likely that on the one hand he is alluding to the natural authority of a star coach like Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti and his superstar-studded ensemble. Tenor: Bellingham will be relentlessly read the riot act by one or the other if he once again exhibits behavioral problems on the pitch. On the other hand, Sammer may have alluded to Bellingham’s idiosyncrasies. He tends to overshoot the game at times, barking at fellow players when the actions don’t please him. Not only his colleagues, but also referees get to hear that.

It’s probably a holdover from his childhood. His father, Mark, was one of the heroes of non-league football, as the lower leagues from the fifth tier down are called in England. More than 1000 games, over 700 goals, 25 clubs until he retired at the age of 43. In recent years, Jude has often been on the sidelines. The game was often rough, the tone was often rough. Those tough duels on any of the West Midlands courses shaped him, Bellingham once said. The “love of football” was awakened in him – and the wild roots of the games of yesteryear are now rampant again and again during one of his outbursts of anger.

Championship celebration is already being planned in Dortmund

But Sammer’s sentence, as correct as it may be, comes at an inopportune time for BVB. It is a widely perceived noise at a time when Dortmund has a realistic chance of being able to intercept leaders Bayern in the final spurt of the season for the first time since winning the title in 2012. Last but not least, Bellingham, who scored two goals in the 6-0 home win over VfL Wolfsburg, meant that BVB was only one point behind the record champions from Munich with three games to go.

In any case, BVB coach Edin Terzic now had to take a stand on an issue that he probably would have preferred to have put on the agenda on May 27 after the last day of the game against Mainz 05. “I appreciate Matthew very much. We often exchange ideas,” he began, “we haven’t exchanged views on this topic.”

Maybe that will happen again “sometime in the next few days,” said Terzic: “But what I say, maybe that sounds a bit self-confident: I don’t think there is currently anyone who knows this team better than I do. I get to work with the guys every day. All I can say is that I’m very happy with how Jude presents himself here every day, how he prepares for the training sessions here. How he handles his job very professionally after the training. We take care of the sport and the next game. Even if there are a few issues that are supposed to distract us: we just won’t let that happen.”

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In any case, the possible title celebration is already being planned in Dortmund. “We are aware that you have to prepare for the long term. There are many things to organize. This is already being done internally,” said Mayor Thomas Westphal (SPD) to the “Ruhr Nachrichten”. At the last championship party in 2012, more than 400,000 fans are said to have celebrated in the city. After that, only FC Bayern became champions.

A few days before the season finale, more detailed plans are to be announced. According to Westphal, “the details with BVB can be presented on May 23rd. We’d like to tell you more about that in two weeks’ time.”

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