HSV: Transfer ticker – Sonny Kittel criticizes the club leadership when he says goodbye

The Saudi club Al-Wehda FC is courting Werder Bremen striker Marvin Ducksch, according to information from the TV broadcaster Sky. Accordingly, the club from the emirate made an offer for the 29-year-old. According to the “Deichstube” portal, the native of Dortmund is said to have already rejected the team.

Al-Wehda FC is said to offer a fee of twelve million euros for Ducksch’s immediate move to the Saudi Pro League. The exit clause of 7.5 million euros in his Werder contract, which runs until June 30, 2024, expired on June 15.

Bremen has so far only offered the attacker a one-year extension of his contract, but Ducksch wants a longer term. Should no agreement be reached, he could move after the end of the coming season on a free transfer.

Seguin becomes Schalke

Paul Seguin is leaving Bundesliga club Union Berlin after just one year. The 28-year-old midfielder is moving to second division club Schalke 04, as Union reported. Seguin has been given a contract until the end of the 2025/2026 season. Neither club gave any information about the terms of the change.

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Seguin moved to Köpenick last summer together with attacker Jamie Leweling from second division SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The son of GDR international Wolfgang Seguin scored a goal in 23 games last season – in the derby in the 2-0 win at Hertha BSC at the start of the second half of the season.

Maul switches to the rival

Former national soccer player Ronald Maul is returning to his youth club VfL Osnabrück after 28 years. The 50-year-old will continue to work as managing director of the Osnabrück rivals SV Meppen until his contract expires this summer and then take on a management position in the VfL youth academy on August 1st, the second division promoted announced. “Returning to where it all began for me makes my job at VfL really exciting and special,” said Maul.

Kittel leaves HSV

Sonny Kittel announced his departure from Hamburger SV and criticized the sporting leadership. “I was repeatedly told that they would like to get together as soon as possible, but unfortunately there hasn’t been an offer to date,” said the midfielder on Instagram on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday. Almost two years ago, he expressed his desire to stay at HSV for a longer period of time.

Magdeburg binds It

After a year and a half on loan, the Japanese Tatsuya Ito is moving to the second division soccer team 1. FC Magdeburg. The club announced this on Wednesday without naming a contract term. The 25-year-old offensive player had been on loan from Belgian first division club VV St. Truiden since January 2022. Last season, Ito’s strong performances in the second half of the season played a large part in Magdeburg’s early relegation.

“I am extremely pleased that we were able to bind Tatsu firmly to us and can continue on our common path. In addition to his enormous one-on-one qualities, Tatsu also has a high level of social skills, which are important for our team,” said coach Christian Titz. Ito played 33 games last season, assisting five goals and scoring five himself.

Osnabrück brings Wriedt for the second time

According to a media report, striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is about to switch from second division soccer team Holstein Kiel to promoted VfL Osnabrück. This is reported by the “Kieler Nachrichten”. The 28-year-old moved to Osnabrück for the first time in 2016 and scored 14 goals in 43 competitive games. The return should be finalized in the coming days.

Wriedt moved to Kiel in January 2022 via the reserves of FC Bayern Munich and the Dutch club Willem II Tilburg, where the attacker was unable to assert himself. The “Kieler Nachrichten” had previously reported that the Japanese attacker Shuto Machino was about to move to the Kiel team.

From St. Gallen to St. Pauli and back

Betim Fazliji leaves the second division club FC St. Pauli. After a year at the Millerntor, the 24-year-old is returning to his previous club – the Swiss first division club FC St. Gallen – as the Hamburgers announced on Wednesday. The clubs did not provide information on the transfer modalities. Last season, the central defender played 19 times for St. Pauli in the 2nd Bundesliga and twice in the DFB Cup.

Keita hopes for filling jug

New midfield star Naby Keita is also hoping for striker Niclas Füllkrug to stay at Werder Bremen. “He’s a top striker. I want to support him with my assists so that he gets even better and scores more goals next season,” said the 28-year-old new signing from Liverpool FC in a “Sport Bild” interview. “That’s why I hope he stays. That would be important for the team.”

Füllkrug won the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season and was promoted to national team. That also makes him interesting for other clubs, but his contract with Bremen runs until 2025.

N’Golo Kanté signs in the desert

After world footballer Karim Benzema, his French compatriot N’Golo Kanté is also moving to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old signed a three-year contract with the champions of the Saudi Professional League until 2026, as the club announced on Tuesday night. According to media reports, the midfielder should collect 25 million euros a year, plus income from advertising deals and image rights. Kanté comes on a free transfer from English Premier League club Chelsea FC, where his contract expired after seven years.

Kanté switched from Leicester City to Chelsea in the summer of 2016 for 35.8 million euros. With Leicester he had previously sensationally won the championship title. He did that in his first season in 2017 with Chelsea. In 2021 he won the Champions League under coach Thomas Tuchel. Kanté became world champion with France in 2018 and was injured at the last World Cup in Qatar.

Missed injured at the World Cup, but now active in the desert afterwards: France’s N’Golo Kanté


“Hi N’Golo, I once told you that you are the best player in the world from box to box. Now I’m happy to play with you again. And of course in the best team in Saudi Arabia,” Benzema said in a video. Kanté responded via video message: “Hi Karim, thanks for the words. I’m happy to play with you, the best player in the world.”

Stuttgart catches Cologne talent

According to media information, Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart has signed the midfield talent Luan Simnica from league rivals 1. FC Köln. This was reported on Tuesday by the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”. The 19-year-old is said to have signed a long-term contract with VfB and may initially play in VfB’s second team in the Regionalliga Südwest. Another possibility, however, is that the Stuttgart Simnica first lend to another club so that the defensive midfielder can gain match practice there, the report said.

Nkunku is Leipzig’s record sale

Christopher Nkunku’s move from RasenBallsport Leipzig to Chelsea has been officially confirmed by both clubs. According to reports, the transfer fee should be around 65 million euros. When his contract was extended last year, the Frenchman had an opt-out clause guaranteed. The most expensive sale of the Saxons so far was the transfer of Naby Keita to Liverpool in 2018 for 60 million euros.

“I had four years in Leipzig that I will never forget,” said Nkunku in an RB statement, while he was also quoted by Chelsea as saying: “After playing in Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, I want to now play in the Premier League, one of the strongest leagues in the world.”

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