RB Leipzig sporting director on transfers and Bayern: Eberl speaks clear language

Cheerful and full of energy! Leipzig’s new sporting director Max Eberl (49) is really getting into the training camp in Abu Dhabi. But as a newcomer, he didn’t need to sing. “I never let the boss hang around, except for one thing: to sing!” Eberl said when asked by BILD. “I’m so sorry for the guys who have to sing in front of the band and go to the drops. I swore I wouldn’t do that. I don’t know what I’d sing either – probably a quick band-jumping hit. »

On day eight in the Abu Dhabi camp, Eberl also spoke clearly about:

  • Club boss Oliver Mintzlaff (47), now CEO: “I’m happy that he’s here at camp today. He’s a big part of the fact that I’m here. I haven’t really noticed the change in his work yet, because we still exchange a lot of ideas. “
  • winter transfer: “It’s very relaxed when nothing out of the ordinary is happening in terms of injuries or opportunities in the transfer market. The team is fully equipped so you don’t have to do anything. Hopefully we can maintain the series from the first half of the season.
  • an extension of Konrad Laimer, who is about to join Bayern on a free transfer: “I wanted to bring him to Gladbach, he decided to go to Leipzig at the time which was the right step for him. He’s been there for five and a half years now. He can become a face for the future – that’s how I want to catch him. But he also knows how good he is and what the market is currently offering. As a result, the chance is very low – I will try to grab it anyway, but I can’t promise anything.”
  • a location of Josko Gvardiol in summer: “I am in contact with his agency, these are very open discussions. Our position is clear: under no circumstances in the winter, and in the summer of 2024 we also have no intention of selling him. What “There’s beyond that is hard to say. But we’re definitely planning with him over the next year and a half.”
  • a contract extension with Dani Olmo: “I’m resting, not besieging or harassing him. We’re having another conversation here at training camp where we’re going to talk. I’ve known his father for a long time, always wanted to bring him to Gladbach “Like some players from Leipzig. That’s why I come here now. Because all the players have opted for Leipzig, I said: there has to be something here, I have to come here too. (laughs) But to Dani: He doesn’t need a lot of arguments, he knows RB very well. He made a remarkable development here. I always try to bring my emotionality. And tell him that RB is the best club for the next stages of his still young career.
  • its renewal strategy: “I hope the conversations aren’t boring. And I try to put my heart into it. I’m warm, direct and genuine. I tell the players what we can and can’t do.”
  • Christopher Nkunku, who is still in his native country: “I am in close contact with him and his agencies. The conservative treatment method worked. We will check week by week when he returns to Leipzig. The plan is for a return at the end of February.

“It was a life-changing experience. I was able to gain a lot of experience: I’m thinking of Lars Stindl who, at 30, was about to play in the World Cup, then got seriously injured at Schalke You know how to deal with guys like that, it’s not a standard program, you have to give him certain things. Rehab is a lot of psych. And the better the psych, the better.

  • Meaning of the match against Bayern at the start on January 20: “It’s a top game between two teams that have shaped German football in recent years. But for me it’s not a criteria like that: if you win, it’s your turn again. If you lose, you’re out of the race. We want to get out of the break. And our minimum objective is to return to the Champions League.

Waiting for the superstar: Christopher Nkunku is said to be back on the pitch after tearing his lateral ligament at the end of February

Photo: picture alliance / Eibner-Presse

  • Record player Yussuf Poulsen, whose contract ends in 2024: “I think the cabin needs players like that. He’s seen it all. The players who come now only know RB with the Champions League or fighting for titles. But there was a way up. I think it’s important that players carry that DNA Sporting quality is what counts, but there are also other factors: who can lead the dressing room, young players, etc. I’ve always seen it in to some extent like the face of RB because he was the classic striker in RB football.”
  • Interesting transfer markets: “France is incredibly exciting. But the Premier League is also hugely exciting because the league is buying a huge number of players and a lot of talent is “falling by the wayside”. But then, we have to see: clubs will then keep options open to bring players back at some point.
  • the injured Peter Gulacsi (cruciate ligament), where Eberl confirms the BILD report, that the Hungarian had to be operated on again due to bacteria in his knee: “He’s actually the first person I spoke to on the phone. It was about how we carry on – especially after the second operation, which was now. We’re on the right track, he’s home in Budapest, but also in Salzburg at Red Bull APC. A torn cruciate ligament at this age is not so simple, but it is going very well after the second operation.”
  • Maarten Vandevoordt (Genk), whom the club signed for 2024 for €10m: “The clubs have agreed that he can come in 2023 and 2024. You have to look at him calmly. What about Peter and his representative Janis Blaswich? I thought it was a big shot to sign such an exceptional young player from the start in Maarten Vandevoordt. But in Pete we have our captain and our number 1.”

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