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“Of course we would like to have him back here”



"Of course we would like to have him back here"

Sports director Roland Virkus from Borussia Mönchengladbach spoke surprisingly honestly about the return of midfielder Denis Zakaria. According to the 55-year-old, the foals are open to signing again.

“Of course we would like to have Zakaria here again. A player like that who can repair many situations with his speed would always help,” she quotes picture the Gladbach boss. “Of course we want to add a few skills to our squad, speed in all parts of the team always helps – healthy competition is also extremely important.”

Zakaria played for Borussia from 2017 to 2022 and developed into one of the best central midfielders in the Bundesliga. Last winter, a few months before the end of his contract, he moved to Juventus Turin for almost ten million euros because both parties could not agree on a contract extension and the club did not want to lose the Swiss player on a free transfer.

After half a year with the old lady, Zakaria was loaned out to Chelsea last summer, but the 25-year-old didn’t get a chance there and was only on the pitch for the Blues. The Londoners have a call option for Zakaria, but it is currently unlikely that it will be drawn.

There is even speculation about a termination of the loan. Whether he has a long-term future at Juventus despite a contract until 2026 is open. His market value is estimated at around 20 million euros, a tidy sum for Gladbach if the Bundesliga side are really working on a return.

Zakaria made a total of 146 competitive appearances for Borussia, scoring eleven goals and providing eight assists.