With a market value of 3 million euros, Linton Maina (22) is still the most valuable professional among the Reds. And the wing turbo is currently working hard to confirm this value – or even to increase it. Six starting XI appearances in a row, Maina got the corner.
Sports director Marcus Mann (37) is also happy about this development, because a strong Maina also makes 96 better. But his joy is not completely untroubled. Because the contract of the 96 jewel expires in nine months. Then man would have to let his 3 million professional go free of charge.
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To prevent this, the easiest solution would be to extend the contract. But it doesn’t look like that at the moment. “You’re always in contact, of course,” says Mann, but I also have to admit: “I don’t assume we’ll be extending with Linton at short notice.” Because the player is still making a Bundesliga return – preferably in his hometown of Berlin Head hat.
Nevertheless, man still has Maina hope! The sports director: “We haven’t completely checked off a contract extension. But of course it’s a challenge. ”Because a healthy and fit Maina is one of the most exciting players in the whole league.
Hope at Maina – But there is another million-dollar problem ahead of Mann. The contracts of ten other 96 professionals expire next summer – from captain Marcel Franke to No. 3 goalkeeper Malon Sündermann.
There is a risk of a total loss of almost 10 million euros in market value – more than a third of the entire squad value (26.9 million)!
There are no concrete discussions yet. In addition, the season is still too fresh after a good quarter, a sporting trend neither for the club nor for the players foreseeable. More than casual contact maintenance is not happening at the moment. Mann confirms: “It is normal to be in contact with the consultants.”
Eleven expiring contracts, a chance for men to complete the upheaval – and the risk of losing top performers without being replaced. Interns, the professionals are represented in various categories.
oldies like Mike Frantz (34), Dominik Kaiser (33) or Niklas Hult (31). Do you want to continue, does the club want to keep you? Time is not of the essence.
Potential professionals like Florent Muslija (23), Philipp Ochs (23), Valmir Sulejmani (25) or Marc Lamti (20). Will you make the final breakthrough or will you get stuck in the talent box? Timing is crucial.
Seasoned players like Marcel Franke (28). As a captain, the defense chief is certainly a hot candidate for the first contract extension. And Marlon Sündermann for the last. The substitute goalkeeper has already been bid farewell twice – and brought back.
Tom Trybull (28) is a special case. The midfielder came from Norwich just a few weeks ago and has only signed for a year. But his contract is automatically extended after 20 missions, according to BILD information. Trybull still has 25 games time after his strong debut in Nuremberg.
You can wait and see. But that doesn’t apply to everyone.