Like Schalke, Bremen has also received a guarantee. Sports director Baumann finds it legitimate to get a new player like Schalke.
There are almost 250 kilometers between the two clubs, but in Bremen you look very closely at Gelsenkirchen. Because like that FC Schalke 04 also has Bundesliga soccer team Werder Bremen receive a guarantee to maintain gaming operations. At Schalke, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia approved a guarantee of 31.5 million euros at the end of July. This does not mean that money is currently flowing from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country only has to step in if Schalke cannot repay its bank loan – as in the case of bankruptcy. At Werder, a loan of 20 million euros is secured by the state of Bremen.
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Now Werder sports director Frank Baumann was asked whether it was morally justifiable for clubs to bring new players under these conditions, as Schalke just did with the loan of Sead Kolasinac from Arsenal FC. “That is absolutely legitimate,” says Baumann. Because “in a financial situation in which you have to take out a loan, you want to improve your sporting situation. Everyone knows what relegation would mean for a Bundesliga club and what negative effects it would have financially. Schalke 04 is a special club again, so the effects would be much more negative. Therefore it is absolutely legitimate that Schalke tries to strengthen itself with one or the other newcomer in order to keep the class. “
Unlike Schalke, Werder don’t want to be active
Otherwise if Schalke The North Germans are currently not planning to become active on the transfer market. “Basically, I am assuming a quiet January for us,” says Baumann. In addition, Clemens Fritz, the head of professional football, once again emphasized that no player in the squad was unsaleable.
In the first game of the new year, Werder Bremen will host 1. FC Union Berlin on Saturday. The team of coach Florian Kohfeldt wants to continue its upward trend from 3:30 p.m. Shortly before Christmas, Bremen had celebrated 96 important victories in the league at FSV Mainz 05 and in the DFB Cup at the second division Hannover. With another success, the green-whites could break away into the secured midfield in the Bundesliga table. Marco Friedl and Davie Selke, who are available again after their injuries, can also help. (fs)