Eintracht Frankfurt: 27 will be a lucky number for Mario Götze

Dhe congratulations came from qualified sources. “I’m happy for the whole Bundesliga,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke at Sport1. Watzke, the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, is an intimate connoisseur of Mario Götze. In terms of sport, the 30-year-old professional soccer player, who was officially signed by Eintracht on Tuesday for the next three years, has spent most of his professional career to date deep in the West at BVB. His old boss Watzke finds it excellent that the 2014 World Cup goalscorer is now starting a new chapter in Frankfurt. “Mario played a decisive role in shaping German football history. I can only congratulate Eintracht Frankfurt on this great transfer.”

Former national coach Joachim Löw also commented positively on the Sky broadcaster about the change, he even thinks Götze’s return to the national team is possible: “He has all the qualities for it,” said Löw, referring to the qualities of his new club Eintracht Frankfurt : “He will play in the Champions League again, is the focus here in the Bundesliga and wants to recommend himself for the World Cup.”

Götze’s return to the Bundesliga also came as a surprise to Löw. “Of course I didn’t expect Mario to return to Germany, not at this point in time. But I’m very happy for Mario and Eintracht. Mario is an exceptional player, very professional and with his great game intelligence he fits in very well with Eintracht,” said Loew.

Götze himself has expressed optimism about his future at Eintracht to the club’s own media. “I want to take the momentum with me,” he said with a view to the European Cup. “To continue to grow, to further expand the foundation, to create positive experiences and to be as successful as possible,” emphasized the attacking midfielder as goals. He will follow them with the same shirt number as at PSV Eindhoven, where he wore 27. Personally, he wants to build on his qualities again. “It’s a good challenge for me, especially with the schedule, the Bundesliga, the Champions League,” said Götze.

Less gaming experience

The new Frankfurt offensive player was not only convinced of the change to Eintracht by sports director Markus Krösche. Götze’s family was also an important factor in the decision-making process. “They played a big role,” said Götze. “It was important for them that I feel good, that they feel good, that we are back in Germany and that I can play in the Champions League again.” His family with their two-year-old son means a lot to him, emphasized idol.

It is quite possible that Götze will meet an Argentinian in addition to all the many new playmates. With longtime captain David Abraham, Eintracht already had a player from this country in their ranks. Abraham has long since ended his career – Lucas Alario should get a boost in Frankfurt. For months there has been increased interest from Eintracht in bringing the Argentinian from Bayer 04 Leverkusen to the Main. A process that could now be coming to an end. Both parties are said to have largely agreed on an employment contract until mid-2025.

Durm is moving to 1. FC Kaiserslautern

In any case, there is absolute clarity in the personality of Erik Durm. Like Götze, Durm also became world champions in Brazil. But the difference is serious: while Götze became the ultimate match winner with his final goal against Argentina, Durm was not used once. When he joined Eintracht from Huddersfield in the summer of 2019, Durm dreamed of a big kick for his career in Frankfurt. But not much has come of it. The defensive winger made only 46 appearances across all competitions.

Now the native of Pirmasens is opening a new chapter in his Rhineland-Palatinate homeland. His move to second division promoted team 1. FC Kaiserslautern was completed on Wednesday. The 30-year-old was originally tied to Eintracht until the summer of 2023. Lauterer did not provide any information about the amount of the transfer fee and the contract period.

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