Eberl struggling to keep key pair
Borussia Monchengladbach chief Max Eberl has admitted that his club faces an uphill battle to keep hold of star names Denis Zakaria and Matthias Ginter.
Gladbach start their Bundesliga season in the toughest possible fashion on 13th August when they host perennial German champions Bayern Munich. They are 4.33 to claim the spoils, with the Bavarians 1.65 and the draw 4.50.
Swiss star Zakaria, who caught the eye with his commanding performances at Euro 2020, is angling for a move away from Borussia-Park and the defensive midfielder is reportedly attracting the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Arsenal.
Considered one of the best young players in Europe, he would likely command a hefty fee despite only having a year remaining on his contract, a situation which also applies to Ginter.
With Denis, we have been trying to extend his contract since October.Max Eberl
The 27-year-old centre-half, who was a member of Germany's victorious World Cup squad in 2014, joined the club from Dortmund in 2017 and has been a near ever-present at the heart of Gladbach's defence.
However, Sporting Director Eberl is not sure that either player will remain at the club for much longer.
"With Denis, we have been trying to extend his contract since October," Eberl told Kicker.
"Denis and his management have told us relatively clearly that they favor a transfer this summer if something comes up. Let's wait and see what happens."
On Ginter, he adds: "I am in communication with his management. There's no bad blood there either. We'd like Matze to sign a new contract, but maybe we don't have the financial means to do justice to a player like him."