Moenchengladbach Yann Sommer is said to have decided against moving to France. Whether the goalkeeper Borussia Mönchengladbach will stay in the coming season or even beyond is still open at the moment.
Yann Sommer wore bright yellow on his pre-season debut on Saturday in Borussia’s 1-1 draw at Standard Liège. Everything was the same that day as it has been since 2014: the Swiss player was in the Gladbach goal and did a good job. That is exactly what those responsible for the club want for a long time to come, if possible beyond 2023. Then the goalkeeper’s contract ends.
Now it was to be feared that the summer/Borussia working group would not last that long, because OGC Nice, the club where Lucien Favre, who had returned from almost Gladbach, is the coach, was working tenaciously on a summer commitment. There is even said to have been a verbal agreement, as reported by the French “L’Equipe”. But recently the newspaper was no longer sure whether there would really be a summer change and on Tuesday the confirmation came from Sommer’s homeland: It won’t be Nice, reported Blick, citing Sommer’s management.
The Nice danger is apparently banned, the Gladbach fans can breathe easy. They then did that “audibly” on social media, even if the topic “summer becomes eternal Borusse” was by no means bonked. The 33-year-old is said to have been offered a new, long-term contract, but it remains to be seen whether he will accept it. Roland Virkus, Borussia’s manager, does not like to comment on the reports about the contract, he only says: “We are working on ensuring that the guys we want to keep stay.” Sommer is one of them, him and Jonas Hofmann, the German international , Virkus had long referred to as the “faces of the club”.
Sommer had recently commented on his situation to the “Sportbild”. “Of course” he could imagine a contract extension in Gladbach. “We are in a good and very open exchange,” said Sommer. Virkus put it similarly at the Borussia training camp, where the manager had initial exploratory talks with the goalkeeper and others to explore trends. Coach Daniel Farke assumes a summer whereabouts. “I have no other signs. Everyone knows how important a number one is in football, so we have no aspirations to make one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. We are very happy that in Yann Sommer we have a Gladbach legend playing here,” said Farke. One can assume that he would like to have planning security with summer in the goalkeeper position beyond 2023.
However, it is not to be expected that summer will be extended in the short term. He’s not pressed for time. Gladbach wants him, he knows his status. But there’s a transfer window that’s still open until September 1st and a World Cup that can change everything. Both should not be decision accelerators.
Summer’s extension, as many Gladbach supporters have said, is not only at the top of the club’s wish list, but also among the fans. When Sommer was brought from FC Basel in 2014 for a transfer fee of around nine million euros, he inherited Marc-André ter Stegen. Thanks in part to Sommer’s performance, Borussia has qualified for the Champions League three times since then, plus three appearances in the Europa League that Sommer has experienced with the club.
Last season, Sommer was one of the few that ex-coach Adi Hütter could always rely on. Our editors gave Sommer an average grade of 2.55 for his 33 Bundesliga appearances, making him by far the strongest Borusse and regularly embodying real world class with his saves. In addition, Sommer is rarely injured, which also makes him valuable for his club. Sommer is meticulous about continuous development and is open to new training methods despite his many years as a professional.
Sommer has worn the Borussia jersey 322 times so far. If he still plays for Gladbach next season, he could replace Günter Netzer (349 games) in ninth place in the list of record players. If he stays with the club in the long term, he could displace champion goalkeeper Wolfgang Kleff (422) from third place. Whether it comes to that is now primarily up to Sommer’s future decision.
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