Bundesliga News: Kuba Extends, HSV Appoint Director and other news

Transfer news continues on the Bundesliga front while Bayern Munich made history with their DFB Pokal win Saturday over VfB Stuttgart.  With Bayern demonstrating its strength after winning the treble, other Bundesliga clubs are hustling to compete with the Bavarian giants.  Second-place Dortmund have extended attacker Jakub Blaszczykowski for five additional seasons, while Leverkusen has made a move to shore up its goalkeeping.  Schalke is building up its squad and Hamburg have appointed a successor to deposed Sporting Director Frank Arnsesen, while Der Club have acquired a young scoring talent.

Kuba Extends at Borussia Dortmund, Ginczek to Nürnberg

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Blaszczykowski has committed his future to Dortmund, signing a contract extension that runs through June, 2018.  There is no exit clause in the contract extension for the talented Polish international.  The exciting, pacy winger has scored 25 goal, with 41 assists, in 268 league matches with Dortmund since arriving in 2007 from Wisla Krakow.  Following the extension, Kuba commented that

When my contract’s up, I’ll be able to look back on over a decade with BVB.  That’s a long time in professional football nowadays.  It makes me extremely proud that a big club like Borussia Dortmund have shown such faith in me and are planning ahead long term with me. I’ve long felt this is my second home.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Daniel Ginczek, who played on loan for St. Pauli last season, will be heading to 1. FC Nürnberg.  Ginczek scored 18 goals in 2. Bundesliga play for St. Pauli.  The 22 year-old striker joined Dortmund’s youth system in 2007, and after 68 appearances for Dortmund reserves he went on loan to VfL Bochum for a season before being loaned to St. Pauli last year. A German of Polish ancestry, Ginczek has featured over 20 times for German international youth teams.

HSV Appoint Kreuzer

Hamburger SV have named the successor to recently departed Sporting Director Frank Arnsesen, appointing Oliver Kreuzer, 47, to the position.  Kreuzer signed a three-year deal with Hamburg and has held the same position at Karlrusher SC, who were champions of 3.Liga this season and received promotion to Germany’s second division for 2013/2014.

Born in Mannheim, Kreuzer played as a central defender with Karlsruhe, Bayern Munich and FC Basel, winning two Bundesliga titles in the 1990s with Bayern as well as a Swiss championship with Basel in 2002.  Kreuzer also played for German national youth teams and made an appearance for Germany in the 1988 Olympics.

Leverkusen Lose Carvajal, Gain Palop

Real Madrid have exercised their buyback rights to bring Daniel Carvajal back to the Spanish club.  Real Madrid paid a reported 6.5 million euros to repurchase Carvajal, who had such an outstanding season on the right side of Leverkusen’s defense.

There was little doubt that Real would welcome Carvajal’s return.  He had a breakout season with Leverkusen, starting 31 BuLi matches for Die Werkself while providing seven assists and a goal and providing top-notch defending as Leverkusen grabbed Champions League play for next season.  The former Spanish U-21 won 54% of his tackle attempts and passed at an 80% efficiency rate.

Said Leverkusen Sporting Director Rudi Voller

We are very sad no longer to have Daniel among our ranks.  We always knew right from the very start that Real would recognise his sporting value sooner or later. He’s been so convincing this season that Real’s decision does not surprise us in the least

While the loss of Carvajal leads a gaping void on the right side of Leverkusen’s backline, the club was able to fill the backup goalkeeper position that was left vacant following the departure of Michael Rensing to Fortuna Dusseldorf last week.  The club announced the signing of Andres Palop to a one-year deal, joining David Yelldell and y9ungster Niklas Lomb as part of the Leverkusen goalkeeping contingent behind number one Bernd Leno.

Palop, who turns 40 years-old in October, has played professionally in Spain since 1993.  He played for Valencia and Villarreal before joining Sevilla in 2005, where he made his reputation as a number-one goalkeeper.  He won two UEFA Cups with Sevilla, as well as several domestic Cups while playing in almost 220 league matches with the club.  Palop was a member of Spain’s 2008 Euro championship team.

More News and Rumors

It has been confirmed that long-time Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk will indeed rejoin FC Zenit St. Peterburg on a two-year deal. His contact with Bayern expires at the end of June.  The 34 year-old made 132 appearances for Bayern and has been a champion wherever he’s played, not only with Bayern but with Shakhtar Donestsk and Zenit in his prior stint with the Russian club.   He is the Ukraine’s most-capped international, having represented his homeland 127 times.

Spartak Moscow are looking to make a permanent move for Schalke midfielder Jose Jurado. Brought to Gelsenkirchen by then-Schalke manager Felix Magath, Jurado featured in 46 matches for the Royal Blues but fell into disfavor and was on loan to Spartak this past season.  Schalke may not only profit from Jurado’s sale, but are making money on Bayern Munich’s success per the deal signed with the Bayern as part of the transfer deal for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.  The performance-laden deal means that Schalke will continue to make money on the sale of Neuer, according to kicker.

While Schalke have already acquired Dortmund defender Felipe Santana in preparation for their Champions League season upcoming, Koln attacker Christian Clemens is still much within their sights.  A new rumor places Schalke’s interest in American international striker Jozy Altidore, who had a standout season for AZ Alkmaar and scored a goal against the German national team in Sunday’s friendly.

Schalke are reportedly edging ahead in the race for the signature of German youth international Leon Goretzka, 18.  The VfL Bochum midfielder is also reportedly coveted by Bayern,  Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Citeh and Arsenal.  Bild.de has reported that Goretzka has already signed with Schalke through the 2018 season, but neither club has confirmed the deal.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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