Rudi Völler will not extend his contract as managing director of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, which will expire in 2022. “At Christmas I discussed the topic with my wife Sabrina. Since then, it has been clear: 2022 will be over for me,” said the 60-year-old Sports picture.
For Völler it is “the right time because the club is basically well positioned.” Last despite the earnings crisis in the Bundesliga. After the years in the front row, Völler himself “certainly needs a bit of a gap”, but did not rule out his return to the Werkself in a different role.
Völler looks back critically on his time as managing director. Above all, the missing title worries the former national player. For Leverkusen it was not enough “to have only reached and lost the final twice in the DFB Cup – in 2009 against Werder Bremen and in 2020 against Bayern Munich.”
In the current season, Leverkusen’s participation in the Europa League is at stake due to the earnings crisis. According to Völler, “a lot depends on European competition for Leverkusen. If we fail to do that, there is no guarantee that we will keep all of our players.” In addition, because of the lack of revenue, Bayer would not be able to sign the players “who we need to improve.”