For midfielder Amin Younes, returning to the national team was a dream come true. National coach Joachim Löw nominated the Eintracht Frankfurt professional for the start of the World Cup qualification. The 27-year-old, who played the last of his five international matches so far in October 2017, also feels more than comfortable at his club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Almost six months after moving on loan from the Italian first division club SSC Napoli, Younes can imagine a long-term commitment in the banking metropolis. Younes said in an interview with the kicker (Monday edition), Frankfurt should pull the purchase option this summer or 2022 at the latest.
Younes had hardly played at Napoli in the last two seasons, but he is flourishing again in Frankfurt. His one-on-one qualities are also very much appreciated. “Somehow it annoys me a bit to be asked about it all the time,” said Younes: “For me, there is more to football. That’s why I try, like everyone in our country, to work well against the ball. I try to be diverse, to help the team. “
Younes owes a lot to his former junior national coach Horst Hrubesch, Hrubesch had “extremely encouraged” him. The move to Ajax Amsterdam also had an impact on Younes: “That was where I probably acquired my current viciousness and aggressiveness. If I had stayed in Germany, I don’t know whether it would have been the same.”
The national team will meet on Monday in Düsseldorf, on Thursday in Duisburg it will first face Iceland. Three days later Romania is the next opponent in Bucharest, on March 31st there will be another duel with North Macedonia in Duisburg.