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German Club’s Sporting Director Knocks Back Newcastle Interest In Striker

8 years ago

Yesterday we brought you reports from Germany suggesting that Dutch striker Luuk De Jong would have to leave Borussia Monchengladbach as Coach Lucien Favre has lost all faith in the forward, with Newcastle one of the clubs lstrongly inked with taking the player on loan in the coming January transfer window.

With Borussia Director, Hans Meyer, stating

“Lucien Favre (Coach) has said from the start he didn’t have 100% confidence in De Jong filling the striker position but I think we’ll find a solution. We will possibly loan Luuk at Christmas but definitely not to a competitor.”

However, today has brought news that the German club’s Sporting Director Max Eberl, has responded to the stories of a possible move to Newcastle, or anywhere else for that matter.

Speaking to Bild he said;

“This question has absolutely not been raised, if we are to achieve our goals then we need a big squad with the necessary quality, we want to finish the season with this squad.

“It is a difficult situation for Luuk but we are just happy to have him in our squad because we know other clubs would be just as happy to have him.”

The 23 year old striker joined the German club for £12.6m from FC Twente in the summer of 2012 and scored 6 goals in 23 league appearances but as the season went on he was used less and less.

This season De Jong hasn’t started a single Bundesliga match, a far cry from his 2011/12 season for Twente when he scored the 25 goals that got him the big money move.

The 6ft 2 striker hasn’t figured for the Netherlands either for over a year and despite the likes of Kuyt and Van Persie pulling out of the squad in advance of the upcoming friendlies against Japan and Columbia, De Jong is also left out in the international wilderness.


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