A lot is going on in Germany right now, despite the World Cup entering its final week of group stage matches. Hugo Almeida is looking for a Bundesliga club to sign a contract with, while Emir Spahić looks set to spend another year at BayArena. Meanwhile in Bremen, team captain Clemens Fritz wants to avoid another battle at the bottom of the table and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels has recently committed his immediate future to the club.
Almeida considering Bundesliga comeback
Hugo Almeida’s contract with Turkish side Beşiktaş has expired and the 30-year-old is now open to a Bundesliga comeback. The former Werder Bremen striker and current Portugal international told Sport1 Media that the German championship is “one of the best leagues in the world” and that he would relish playing there again.
“Bundesliga is a great European competition, maybe one of the best leagues in the world,” he stated according to Sky Sports. “It was great to shine on that stage. I enjoyed it. Maybe I will be able to return to Bundesliga, maybe I will be able to play in the German league again.”
Almeida represented Werder Bremen for five years between 2006 and 2011, scoring 41 times in 117 appearances.
Spahić is staying at Leverkusen
Emir Spahić is not about to leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer, according to the club’s director Jonas Boldt. The 33-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international has been linked with a move away from the BayArena ever since Sami Hyppiä was released from his duties before the end of last season. However, according to Boldt, the defender will stay put in Leverkusen and will work under new boss Sascha Lewandowski after the World Cup.
“He is fully part of our plans for the new season. He will be back at our club, this is what we expect,” Boldt stated according to Sky Sports. Spahić had a cemented place in Leverkusen’s defense last season, with the 33-year-old featuring 33 times in all completions, and managing to help his side seal a playoff-spot for the Champions League.
No more relegation battles for Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen has developed and should not be involved in another relegation battle this season, according to team captain Clemens Fritz. Instead, the 33-year-old believes that the club should set their sights at the upper half of the Bundesliga.
“A single-number table space should be our goal,” the Werderaner-captain told Bild. “We are better than last year.”
Werder Bremen has been active in the transfer market this summer, with left-back Santiago García (Palermo), left winger Fin Bartels (St. Pauli) and center back Alejandro Gálvez (Rayo Vallecano) all signing a permanent contract with the club.
Nevertheless, Fritz is still waiting for another deal to be done. “I hope we get a replacement for Aaron Hunt,” he added to Bild, after the influential midfielder’s departure to Wolfsburg.
Hummels tor remain at Dortmund next season
Mats Hummels refused to rule out a future move to Manchester United in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. However, a deal won’t be made this summer, as the German international is set to stay in Dortmund for at least another season.
“I never think about it or talk about it because it is something that isn’t important for me right now,” Hummels was quoted by the English broadsheet.
“Maybe it will happen some day, but I don’t expect it to be this summer.”
Hummels is currently in Brazil representing Germany in their World Cup campaign. The 25-year-old defender scored in the opening game, a 4-0-trashing of Portugal, and insisted his country can go all the way and win the tournament.
“We can win the World Cup, that is for sure,” he said.
“We have to be very good to win it, winning five or six games, and if you have one bad day, then the World Cup is over.”
Hummels and Germany will be looking to finish the first round top of their group when they face the United States on Thursday afternoon in Recife (1800 CET).
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