Gladbach: Weigl “very important personnel” – Stindl gets time to think about it

Gladbach wants to keep professionals

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s sports director Roland Virkus sees good chances of Julian Weigl being signed on. The defensive midfielder is currently only on loan from Benfica Lisbon. “We will talk to Benfica. We’re working on that. That’s a very, very important person,” said Virkus about the 27-year-old, who would like to stay in Gladbach himself and has already said so several times. “We don’t need to convince Julian. He is 100 percent Borussia,” said Virkus.

Coach Daniel Farke is also committed to keeping his dream player on the Lower Rhine. “Jule is very important and is very good for us. It stabilizes us extremely,” emphasized Farke. “We are extremely happy with him. So it’s clear that you want to keep a player like that for a long time. I’m sure he’ll look good on us in the future as well.” The former BVB pro came to Gladbach on loan from Benfica last summer and is a regular with the Foals, making a total of 15 appearances in the league and in the cup, 14-of them from the starting XI.

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The veteran Lars Stindl should also play an important role. Virkus confirmed that he also wants to keep the ex-national player. However, the situation with the attacking midfielder is not that simple. Stindl, who was born in Speyer, is flirting with a return to his homeland due to his expiring contract and for family reasons. A move to his training club Karlsruher SC in the second division is considered a serious option. “Of course we want to extend with Lars. Both parties have to want it. Lars is 34 years old, so it’s normal to worry about the future,” said Virkus (quoted via “Picture”) via one of the longest-serving players in the squad.

Stindl on for Gladbach or back to KSC? Virkus: “Knows our opinion on this”

“Either he stays with us or he goes back to his homeland to do something else again – those are his current thoughts. It’s a completely normal process,” says the manager. “Once that thinking is over and he says, ok, I’d like to keep doing it here, then he knows our take on that. We have to give Lars the time to make the decision for himself and his family. We see Lars as an important part of our squad. He is a leader but can also help build and guide a new governance structure which is very important for a club.”

At the beginning of December, KSC sports director Oliver Kreuzer expressed interest in a Stindl return campaign. “If it’s the case that he’s really drawn back home in the summer and he still wants to play football, we’ll definitely deal with the topic,” said the ex-professional in an interview with the “Badische Latest News”.

Total value of around 71 million: These Gladbach contracts end in 2023

Marcus Thuram | Market value: €32 million

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Ramy Bensebaini | Market value: €20 million

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Julian Weigl | Market value: €15 million

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on loan from Benfica Lisbon

Lars Stindl | Market value: €2.5 million

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Tony Jantschke | Market value: €800 thousand

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Jan Olschowsky | Market value: €500 thousand

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Tobias Sippel Market value: €400 thousand

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