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Cunha stay in Berlin still open: “Arouses desires”



Cunha stay in Berlin still open: "Arouses desires"

Hertha BSC longs for calm and stability after two turbulent years. The bad start of the season is clouding the mood after the good preparation. Olympic champion Matheus Cunha remains a sales candidate.

At the thought of the lecture for Matheus Cunha, Pal Dardai’s expression darkened. “I talked to him. I think it wasn’t nice, it was honest,” said the Hertha BSC coach. The Brazilian offensive artist has always been oscillating between genius and listlessness in Berlin – and when his coach lost at the start of the season in Cologne, he crossed the limits of his coach.

Cunha’s “walk mode” in the backward movement did not suit the former midfield worker Dardai at all. Cunha’s starting line-up in the “ICE Derby” against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) was left open by the Hungarian. Either way – the debate about the future of the 22-year-old Olympic champion has long been in full swing. A farewell before the end of the transfer period is looming.

Cunha is a player who “naturally arouses desires. Sometimes things happen quickly in football. Sometimes things get rolling, then you have to react and decide what we’re going to do,” said sports director Arne Friedrich on Thursday.

Atletico apparently interested in Cunha

Atletico Madrid is considered an interested party. According to media reports, the Spanish champions are preparing a 30 million euro offer. “There are a lot of rumors, a lot is written. The fact is that Matheus Cunha is a player who has been under contract with us for four years,” said Friedrich. There is nothing “where we say that we have to make decisions.”

An agreement should facilitate the expected handsome income. It’s about a lot of money that Hertha BSC can use – despite the recent financial injection from investor Lars Windhorst. On Tuesday, the club had confirmed receipt of the last agreed tranche of 30 million by Windhorst’s Tennor Holding.

However, this should not lead to a major attack on the transfer market. “We will use the money wisely in the club, but hardly anything of this money will flow into newcomers,” said Sport Director Fredi Bobic of Sport Bild. The consequences of the corona crisis also had a negative effect, the losses “are in the mid double-digit million range,” says Bobic: “The times for risk are over for the time being.”

Peace, stability and continuous growth – that is the short and medium-term goal of Hertha after two turbulent years between Klinsmann-Posse and relegation battle. After the successful preparation in Cologne, the spirit of optimism was dampened. With a win against Champions League starter Wolfsburg, Berlin would be back on target – with or without Matheus Cunha.

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