Sales yes, sales no: Sports director Thomas Hitzlsperger from VfB Stuttgart hopes to be able to keep most of his top talents after the end of the season despite the corona crisis. He also commented on the internal power struggle between himself and President Claus Vogt, which came to a head in January.
However, the ex-national player restricted in an interview with kicker: “Basically, nobody is unsaleable. We cannot simply refuse offers from top clubs.”
The 39-year-old added: “If that happens, we have to speak. It is an honor for us that we have found players who have developed this way. It helps us to find new talent again.”
As a newcomer, VfB mixed in with the international business at times. The goal-scoring attackers Sasa Kalajdzic (14 goals this season), Silas Wamangituka (11) or Nicolas Gonzalez (6) as well as the attacking full-back Borna Sosa played themselves in the foreground.
In addition to the sporting successes as a climber, a data affair and the conflict between Hitzlsperger and President Claus Vogt also dominated the headlines in Stuttgart. Hitzlsperger had attacked Vogt sharply shortly before the turn of the year in a statement, but later apologized for it and withdrew his specially announced application for the presidency.
Hitzlsperger: “Some people post shit anonymously”
“In the football business you sometimes have to endure painful things and be able to admit mistakes,” said Hitzslperger about the hostility he then endured. It was an experience “that I don’t want to have often”: “The impact was already intense. The fact that not everyone adheres to the rules and some anonymously post shit is a problem for society as a whole:”