Next Saturday, Borussia Dortmund will start the 2021/22 competitive season in the DFB Cup against Wehen Wiesbaden. Some BVB players are currently and in the long term in particular in focus.
Borussia Dortmund’s preparation took place under difficult conditions, the new coach Marco Rose was not able to train once with the full squad. With the return of Thomas Delaney and Jude Bellingham on Monday, the coach has finally got all the players apart from Olympian Reinier.
However, there are also some problem children among them – for very different reasons. SPOX and Goal illuminate their individual situations.
Roman Bürki (goalkeeper, 30 years old, contract until 2023)
The Swiss still has a little less than a month to find a new club. With the commitment of Gregor Kobel as the new number one, Bürki, who already lost his place to compatriot Marwin Hitz in the preseason, has fallen to third and last place in the Dortmund goalkeeper hierarchy.
That came as a surprise in view of a contract extension in June 2020, but Bürki simply didn’t play well enough last season. Now they will part ways, BVB still wants around five million euros for him.
The problem: Numerous interested parties have ultimately dropped out and now time is becoming increasingly scarce. Bürki will probably move abroad in the end and continue to train in Dortmund until then. The constellation is no longer ideal, even if the delayed transfer market certainly still offers opportunities for Bürki. He won’t have much time to acclimatize in the future club when the season is already in full swing.