Coach Niko Kovac from VfL Wolfsburg made a clear announcement to his player Marin Pongracic after his complaint before the labor court.
“The point is that Marin will only have one chance to play football with us if he drops the lawsuit. Otherwise he will only train,” said Kovac at the VfL press conference before the game against FC Schalke 04 .
The defender, who was loaned to Borussia Dortmund last season, had an interview with comedian SSYNIC on the streaming platform in November 2021 Twitter railed against his parent club. Earlier this year, Pongracic also sued VfL because he believed he was entitled to a bonus for reaching the Champions League.
Pongracic, whose contract with Lower Saxony runs until 2024, is currently allowed to take part in training, but coach Kovac has not called him into the squad in the previous three competitive games. “It’s normal that the boy needs training. He’s an employee here, that’s clear,” said Kovac. “But explain to everyone how that can be: You sue someone and then play? That doesn’t work in this form. And he knows it. Accordingly, it’s up to him how he handles it.”
There may still be a way out for Pongracic. “The transfer is still open, so it’s still possible that he might leave the club by September 1st,” said Kovac.