August 23, 2017

Bundesliga News: Farfan Injured, Stöger Extends, Foal’s Hazard & Liverpool Can

Jefferson Farfan has caught a new knee injury and this time the 29-year-old will most likely have to undergo surgery, Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt confirms. Moreover, newly promoted Bundesliga side FC Köln has added a couple of new years to head coach Peter Stöger’s contract, and Borussia Mönchengladbach looks to sign Eden Hazard’s younger brother, Thorgan, on loan. Lastly, Liverpool have made official the signing of Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old defender Emre Can.

New injury setback for Farfan

Jefferson Farfan was missing when Schalke 04 began the new season on Tuesday with a training session. It was at first speculated that the 29-year-old had again missed his flight to Gelsenkirchen, but those reports contained little or no truth. The midfielder has instead sustained an injury to his right knee and won’t be able to take part in any Bundesliga or Champions League action for about 4 months. According to the clubs general manager Horst Heldt, the Peruvian international might need surgery.

“Also at the request of Jefferson Farfan we tried to treat the knee injury conservatively,” Heldt told reporters at the clubs training facility, according to ESPN. “A German physiotherapist joined him during his holidays, and documented everything.”

“It just did not get better. We’d now like to think that he needs to undergo surgery, and that we will have to do without him for a longer period of time, right into the autumn. Jeff is a top player, and has shown how valuable he is for us. But we have also shown that we can win without him.”

Jefferson Farfan featured 19 times in the Bundesliga for Schalke 04 last season. The 29-year-old scored 9 times before sustaining a serious knee injury in March.

Stöger set to stay at FC Köln

Peter Stöger has put pen to paper on a new contract with FC Köln. The 48-year-old head coach, who last season guided the Billy Goats back into the Bundesliga, is now set to stay at RheinEnergieStadion until June 2017.

“Last season was hugely enjoyable and we’re looking forward to taking the next steps into the future together,” Stöger told Bundesliga.com.

Stöger signed for FC Köln prior to last season after a successful second spell at Austria Wien. The former midfielder will now attempt to establish the club in the Bundesliga once again, with the helping hand of a major collection of signings. Simon Zoller (Kaiserslautern), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich), Kevin Vogt (Augsburg), Dusan Svento (RB Salzburg), Slawomir Pszko (Parma), Mergim Mavraj (Greüther Fürth), Pawel Olkowski (Zabrze) and Thomas Kalas (Chelsea) have all signed a contract with the three-time German champion.

Mönchengladbach to sign Hazard on Loan

Borussia Mönchengladbach claims to have agreed a deal with Premier League side Chelsea, to loan Thorgan Hazard for the next season. The 21-year-old impressed last year in Zulte in the Belgium Pro League, scoring 9 times in 29 matches to earn himself the player of the Year-award. Mönchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl tells Rheinischen Post that offensive recruiting has been prioritized at Borussia-Park this summer, and the club now seem to have found what they were looking for. However, the contract still has to be signed.

“We were always going to make an offensive signing, no matter what the situation of Luuk de Jong or Peniel Mlapa would be, and it will be Thorgan Hazard,” Eberl says.

“We have exchanged contacts with Chelsea and we have come to an agreement with Thorgan. We have all agreed and now we just need to sign the contracts.”

Besides Thorgan Hazard, Mönchengladbach have also signed Yann Sommer (Basel), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim) and Ibrahim Traoré (Stuttgart) this summer.

Liverpool seal Emre Can deal

Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can has signed a contract with Premier League side Liverpool, after only a year at BayArena. The 20-year-old defender had a highly successful last year, featuring 29 times in the Bundesliga and notching three goals. The Germany Under-21 international will join the Anfield-outfit for a reported 12, 5 million euro fee, more than twice the number that Leverkusen paid a year ago to sign the Frankfurt-native from Bayern Munich.

Emre Can is Liverpool’s third signing this summer after Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, and the 20-year-old is looking forward to linking up with his new teammates.

“I heard that they [Liverpool] had an interest in signing me for a long time, approximately four years,” Can told Liverpool’s official website. “We weren’t in contact then, but I had it at the back of [my] mind then it got more and more intense. I was told about the manager’s firm interest about four or five months ago.”

“It was an easy decision for me to sign with Liverpool as I had a very good chat with the manager, which clearly showed that the club and he wanted to sign me. This was important for me. I can say it was an easy decision for me.”

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Linus Vedmar

Linus is a 20-year-old Swede who follows all Bundesliga clubs but have a soft spot for FC St. Pauli. You can follow Linus on Twitter @LinusVedmar.

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