Jonas Hofmann has been sorely missed at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Gladbach has struggled after the German missed time to due muscular problems and the team had suffered a disappointing loss to Augsburg. Gladbach is off to an incredibly disappointing start after drawing Bayern Munich in their first match. Gladbach now sits at 16th on the table with just a mere four points.
Hofmann primarily plays as a right-winger or central midfielder for club, however, he recently played as a right-back for the national team over the last international break. “A coach who trusts you is a godsend for every player. But I also owe a lot to Jogi Löw. He also planned with me, after all, I was also in the EM squad,” Hofmann told Bild when asked if Hansi Flick has been a blessing for him.
Hofmann is 29 years old but only had his Germany debut just under a year ago. Hofmann now has six appearances for Die Mannschaft and big aspirations for his national career. “My big goal is to be at the World Cup next year, to play there too - and at best maybe to return as world champion,” Hofmann told Bild.
When asked if he could hold his own own against a top striker like Mbappé as a right-back, Hofmann was confident.
“Of course it’s a big challenge to play against him. But I would like to face that. My general direction is more offensive, but my sense of defense develops with every game in this position,” said Hofmann.
When Hofmann was asked whether he was disappointed a move to Bayern Munich he said that it didn’t matter to him. He confirmed that there were a few conversations that took place but it was never close to becoming concrete. Hofmann is only contracted until 2023 at Gladbach but feels very much at home in Gladbach. However, the German has also said he likes to take on new challenges and is open to new things. Time will tell what Hofmann’s next challenge will be.
“There were a few conversations. And of course I talk to Julian Nagelsmann when we see each other, since we have known each other for 15 years together in the youth teams of Hoffenheim. But the talks were never so advanced to become concrete,” Hofmann said.