Stuttgart star as Lewandowski successor? He expresses himself

Hasan Salihamidzic is looking for a replacement for Lewandowski.Photo: Getty Images Europe / Alexander Hassenstein

With all the fuss caused by Robert Lewandowski’s willing switch and Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City, it’s easy to forget that the Bundesliga has plenty of other top strikers.

Chic not for sale – Kalajdžić internationally sought after

Leverkusen’s sports director Simon Rolfes emphasized a week ago that Czech striker Patrik Schick was not for sale. “No one needs to contact us because of Patrik,” Rolfes had explained to “Bild”. Preventive, so Bayern and Dortmund, who are looking for successors to Lewandowski and Haaland, do not even ask.

This is how Saša Kalajdžić became the Bundesliga striker of desire: As reported by “Kicker”, in addition to Benfica Lisbon and Newcastle United, PSG and Bayern Munich are said to be interested in buying the 24-year-old.

The attacker himself commented on the rumors for the first time in relation to the Austrian “Kronen” newspaper. “There is nothing concrete on the table from Bayern or others.”

However, he also made it clear that there would be talks with VfB in the coming days. “The hot days are coming, not just because of the weather.”

Matarazzo predicted Kalajdžić’s significance for VfB Stuttgart

Kalajdžić has not attracted much attention this season until his goal against Cologne at the weekend, which helped VfB stay in the game at the last minute.

“He knows he’s the attacker who’s going to shoot us to stay up.”

Pellegrino Matarazzo, VfB Stuttgart coach, on Saša Kalajdžić

Due to a shoulder injury, he missed almost the entire first half of the season. After 34 match days, he has only 6 goals and one assist. Even in his first season at Stuttgart, the 2020 promotion season, he had to sit out most of the season due to a cruciate ligament fracture, eventually playing only six games and one goal.

Stuttgart coaches Pellegrino Matarazzo, Sasa Kalajdžić and Tiago Tomás (from left) celebrate the important 2-1 in extra time

Stuttgart coaches Pellegrino Matarazzo, Sasa Kalajdžić and Tiago Tomás (from left) celebrate the important 2-1 in extra timePhoto: dpa / Tom Weller

Nevertheless, his coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said two months ago: “He knows he is the striker who will shoot us to stay up.” And Kalajdžić’s header made it 1-0 against FC Cologne on the last match day.

Therefore, the Swabians would love to keep the Austrian. According to “Kicker”, they have already been rejected with a first offer of a contract extension.

Sports director Mislintat is not impressed with Kalajdžić’s departure

According to “tz” information, Nagelsmann in particular should retain a large part of the Stuttgart kicker. A first conversation between Bayern boss Salihamidzic and the management of Kalajdžić will take place this week – among other things at the request of the Bayern coach himself.

However, Kalajdžić is only under contract with VfB until 2023. Stuttgart’s sports director Sven Mislintat is not happy about the idea of ​​having to do without goalkeeper Kalajdžić in the coming season. “There were no calls from Bayern,” Mislintat revealed to “Sky” on Sunday. And: “When he comes, I will decide whether I should lose weight or not.”

VfB Stuttgart is dependent on positive transfers

However, Mislintat had to acknowledge that VfB Stuttgart are currently dependent on a positive transfer balance due to economic bottlenecks. “At the moment, it is not the case that we can operate with a black zero in the transfer market,” he explained to “Sky”. Specifically: “Since we started our way, we have received about 25 million euros net per year.”

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