“Will be intensive talks”

    The future of sports director Sven Mislintat at VfB Stuttgart remains open. Although the commitments of the two former world champions Sami Khedira and Philipp Lahm as advisors and the return campaign by ex-captain Christian Gentner as head of the licensed players department would not have any impact on Mislintat’s post, CEO Alexander Wehrle predicted hard with a view to the contract expiring in summer 2023 Negotiations. In the meantime, supporters of the Swabians launched an open petition addressed to the board and supervisory board of VfB, in which “for reasons of recognition for the work done, as a sign of respect and last but not least as confirmation of the path taken to develop the club, an immediate start of talks on Sven Mislintat’s contract extension, which adequately takes into account his ideas”, is demanded (to the petition).


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    This also originated in the forums of the Transfermarkt VfB community. The initiators also call on Wehrle and the supervisory board to “submit their decisions to an examination together with the sporting management and to publicly justify them in a statement”. After just over 24 hours, the petition already had over 6,000 supporters.

    Guys, I’m proud of the momentum that’s been building here over the last 24 hours. That’s what I call team spirit.
    I just wrote a message to dear Sven on Insta that we have his back – even if he doesn’t read it. He should definitely feel the support on many channels. Something great is happening here! …

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    According to “Sport Bild”, the installation of the world champions Lahm and Khedira and the local hero Gentner can also be seen as a clever move by Wehrle, to have prepared in advance in the event of a Mislintat departure. The sports director was reportedly not satisfied with the budget made available to him for signing new players in recent years, and is striving for higher things in terms of transfers. However, the VfB bosses are not sure whether they will agree with these ideas in the medium term.

    “We have clearly discussed the procedure,” Wehrle announced when the three returnees were presented on Monday. “We have agreed that we will start talks after the transfer window. I will take the time to make a good decision in the interests of VfB Stuttgart. These will be intense discussions. Neither of us are pleasant contractual partners and that’s why I’m looking forward to it.”

    Khedira, who ended his career in 2021, and former national team captain Lahm are to support Wehrle in the future. “I will not speak publicly about a game, nor about players. It’s just not my job,” Khedira said. Lahm added: “The model appealed to me and we have different perspectives that we would like to bring to the table. But in the end we won’t decide anything.” Gentner is still under contract with the Swiss first division club FC Luzern. He should be involved from January. “We are not improving with these changes, we are expanding a functioning system,” said Wehrle.

    With Maffeo, Silas & Co: The most expensive purchases by VfB Stuttgart

    10 – Filip Kostic – €6m from FC Groningen (2014/15)

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    10 – Chadrac Akolo – €6m from FC Sion (2017/18)

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    10 – Borna Sosa – €6m from Dinamo Zagreb (2018/19)

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    10 – Santiago Ascacíbar – €6m from Estudiantes (2017/18)

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    9 – Ciprian Marica – €7m from Shakhtar Donetsk (2007/08)

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    8 – Gregor Kobel – €7.2m from TSG Hoffenheim (2020/21)

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    6 – Fernando Meira – €7.5m from Benfica (2001/02)

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    6 – Jon Dahl Tomasson – €7.5m from AC Milan (2005/06)

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    4 – Silas Katompa Mvumpa – €8m from Paris FC (2019/20)

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    The player was previously incorrectly named Silas Wamangituka. VfB clarified the matter in June 2021. To the report

    4 – Zdravko Kuzmanovic – €8m from Fiorentina (2009/10)

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    3 – Pablo Maffeo – €9m from Manchester City (2018/19)

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    2 – Ozan Kabak – €11m from Galatasaray (2018/19)

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    1 – Nicolás González – €11.26m from Argentinos Juniors (2018/19)

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