After weeks of speculation, Ante Rebić has opted to sign a contract extension through June 30, 2022 with Eintracht Frankfurt in lieu of pursuing a move away from Die Adler.
The Pokal hero from Berlin remains an Eagle. The fast-paced attacking player extends his current contract for another year until June 30, 2022. Thus, the Sporting Leadership around Fredi Bobic and Bruno Hübner has closed an important position and a long-term top performers of the past two years tied to the club.
Rebić, who had been linked to Bayern Munich and Manchester United among others, opted to keep his talents in Frankfurt despite the interest from some of the world’s power clubs. Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic was excited to keep the pacey winger:
Ante is definitely one of the most positive phenomena of the World Cup, and we don’t need to pretend that it’s awakening people’s desires. It says a lot about Eintracht Frankfurt that we have succeeded in keeping such a strong player, whom you can definitely call a lightning fast learner. Ante was courted by some top clubs and had received this and that offer that was financially better. That he’s staying with us shows that he bears the [Eintracht] eagle in his heart, and we are on the right track with our plans. And it also shows that we have taken a step forward in financial matters and can hold onto top players.
While the extension gives Rebić stability for this season, the Croatian could easily become a hot ticket on the transfer market once again next summer should he continue to perform.
At different times over the past few months, German international Julian Draxler has been linked to Bayern Munich. Draxler’s future does not appear destined for Bavaria, however, so Serie A’s Inter Milan is keeping an eye on the Paris Saint-Germain man.
Milan are interested in signing a player who could potentially revolutionize their midfield. His name? Julian Draxler, formerly accosted to Juventus and someone who is looking for more playing time. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder moved to Paris midway through the 2016-2017 season in order to win major trophies, but he has struggled to prove that he was worth the €42 million that has been spent on him. The German midfielder can play on the left or indeed as the Number 10, but Milan would need to sort out the Hakan Calhanoglu situation before working out what they’re doing with the German.
Under Thomas Tuchel, Draxler could find himself with a bigger role in Paris, but the lineup will be increasingly hard to crack given the talent onboard. As a semi-regular last season, Draxler is in a spot where he needs consistent playing time more than he needs to be on a power club. Inter would be a good fit, but this rumor is loose to say the least.
(Fights it and resists the opportunity to troll Draxler haters....)
We should all have a friend as helpful as Joshua Kimmich.
Leon Goretzka struggling with a right hand knock he picked against Man United. Joshua Kimmich helps him tie his boots. [Bild] pic.twitter.com/GCD2YVisyT— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 9, 2018
The look on Leon Goretzka’s face makes this whole pic.
If you speak German and you enjoy watching the banter between Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, check this out. The duo is playing some type of “Soccer Darts/Bullseye” game.
With so many rumors out there (Thiago? Luke Modrić? Mauro Icardi? Sergej Milinković-Savić?), any roster movement from Los Blancos could mean another move is in the works. Stay tuned...