Like ADMIRAL Bundesliga club SC Austria Lustenau reported in today’s press release, the Vorarlberg and the FC Bayern Munich on an extension of the loan from the German midfielder Torben Rhein, a native of Berlin. On the other hand, Rhein’s friend’s loan agreement has ended Nemanja Motikawho after half a year with the Lustenauer again Red Star Belgrade returns.
Top joker in the playoff semifinals in Wolfsberg
Torben Rhein (pictured in action against Austria Wien) has been loaned out for another year by FC Bayern Munich. The talented midfielder will therefore also wear the green and white jersey in the coming season and demonstrate his skills in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga. The 20-year-old switched to Austria on loan in the summer of 2022 and made a total of 21 Bundesliga appearances and two games in the UNIQA ÖFB Cup last season.
After an adjustment period at the beginning, the former DFB-U-19 national player (7 appearances for Germany) found his way better and better in the Austrian upper house and earned himself a regular place in the Austria team. However, a persistent adductor injury in spring 2023 prevented more appearances in the second half of the season. With two assists in the game against Wolfsberger AC in the European Cup playoff, he made sure that Austria was able to qualify for the final games against FK Austria Wien.
Born in Berlin, he started his football career at Hertha BSC Berlin before moving to FC Bayern Munich in 2017. With the German record champions, Rhein played in the Junior Bundesliga, the Regionalliga Bayern and the 3rd division. In addition, he was often part of the training operations of the professional team.
Rhein is a multiple U-national player in Germany and was awarded the silver Fritz Walter medal in 2020 as the second best U17 player in Germany. Torben Rhein will remain an Austrian until the summer of 2024.
“Thanks also go to FC Bayern, who helped with projects”
Austria LustenauSports director Alexander Schneider: “We are very happy that Torben will spend another year with us. Even if last season wasn’t always perfect for him personally, he showed from the start what an extraordinary footballing talent he has and how he can help the team. However, I find his character and outstanding professionalism at least as important.
Torben immediately integrated into the team and has a very high reputation among those responsible, teammates and those around the club. We all quickly agreed that this story did not end with last year and that we wanted to add another year to it. Thanks also go to FC Bayern, who helped with this project.”
“Wanted to stay because I feel like I’m not done here yet”
Torben Rhein: “I already know the club and feel extremely comfortable here. So I came to the decision that another year at Austria made the most sense for me. I’m happy that it worked out now and I can continue playing in Lustenau.
I have big plans and I definitely want to take the next steps this year. I wanted to stay because I feel like I’m not done here and I can definitely play better than last year. I really want to show that.”
Photo credit: GEPA-ADMIRAL
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