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Borussia Dortmund’s alleged plans with Akanji, Zagadou and Pongracic



Soumaila Coulibaly moved to BVB in the summer of 2021.

Borussia Dortmund would like to extend with Dan-Axel Zagadou and Manuel Akanji. At the start of the second half of the season, BVB has to rebuild the central defense. Here you can find news and rumors about BVB.

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BVB, News: This is how Dortmund is planning with Zagadou, Akanji and Pongracic

At the end of the season, Dan-Axel Zagadou’s contract, who was injured for a long time in 2021, expires. Again kicker reported, the signs are good that the Frenchman will stay with BVB. “I would really appreciate it if he decides to stay with us,” said coach Marco Rose recently about the 22-year-old.

Center-back colleague Manuel Akanji, whose contract ends in 2023, should also be kept. Dortmund would like to tie the Swiss national player in the long term, but will have to adjust to competition, as Akanji is said to have recently aroused international desires due to his stable performance.

On the other hand, it is unlikely that Marin Pongracic will remain, who came on loan from VfL Wolfsburg in the summer until the end of the season and could be bought for nine million euros. The 24-year-old has shown solid performance so far and has done himself a disservice with his controversial Twitch interview at the beginning of November when he divulged internals.

BVB, News: Dortmund has to rebuild the defense

On Saturday, Borussia will start the second half of the season at Eintracht Frankfurt and will be forced to rebuild their central defense.

Zagadou has been infected with corona and is in domestic isolation at his holiday destination Dubai. Akanji is also standing after his external meniscus operation on his right knee on December 13, according to information from Ruhr news not yet available again.

Accordingly, Akanji, whose rehab went without complications, needs more time to be able to play again. He will miss the performance diagnostics on Monday in Dortmund and will instead be checked by the BVB doctors.

This means that a place is free at Mats Hummels’ side. In addition to Pongracic, Emre Can and Axel Witsel are available as possible partners of Hummels.

BVB, News: Praise for Soumaila Coulibaly

Summer newcomer Soumaila Coulibaly, who served in Dortmund with a cruciate ligament rupture at PSG, has recently played six games with the U23 in the 3rd division and has mostly been convincing.

“He’s doing great, brings everything he can into the team and is definitely a support for us,” said teammate Lennard Maloney, the 1.90 meter tall Frenchman, who signed in Dortmund until 2024.

Coulibaly should be introduced further and take up rhythm. In the long term, the 18-year-old should become an integral part of the professional squad.

BVB: The upcoming games

date contest opponent
Saturday, January 8th, 6.30 p.m. Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt (Away)
Friday, January 14th, 8.30 p.m. Bundesliga SC Freiburg (home)
Tuesday, January 18, 8:45 p.m. DFB Cup FC St. Pauli (Away)
Saturday, January 22nd, 3:30 p.m. Bundesliga TSG Hoffenheim (Away)
Sunday, February 6th, 3:30 p.m. Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen (home)