Florian Neuhaus, who is currently injured, should soon grow into a boss role at Borussia Mönchengladbach. His contract extension is considered a correspondingly important project. A challenge that Roland Virkus is now tackling.
Already in winter, but especially in summer, the Gladbach team will change a lot. Many a top performer will go, and faces of the club - such as Yann Sommer - could take their leave and focus on a new step.
It is all the more important for Roland Virkus to bind other important players as early as possible and for the long term. This applies above all to Florian Neuhaus. The midfield strategist has been suffering from a cruciate ligament injury since mid-September and should extend his contract, which runs until 2024, if possible.
That is the clear goal that Virkus has now publicly confirmed. "Sure, we're in talks. The process has started," he explained to the image.
But not only the extension is targeted at Neuhaus. The plan: together with the expansion of the working paper, it should be determined that the 25-year-old will soon be promoted to team boss. Both Virkus and Daniel Farke are completely convinced of him, his qualities and his future.
Sooner or later, players like Sommer, Lars Stindl and Christoph Kramer will either leave the club completely or at least not play regularly. Neuhaus does.
However, his whereabouts is anything but a mere formality. International interest in him has been reported more frequently, while he could well imagine a major change.
"The big change could be that he becomes Borussia's leading player," said Virkus optimistically. The sporting director continues: "We currently have an axis with many experienced players, we have to form a new axis in the medium term. Young players are part of it - there could be a new challenge for Flo."
The head of sport also has a lot of praise for the midfielder in terms of his planned comeback: "When I arrive here at Borussia Park in the morning, Flo is there half an hour later. Although he's more of an impatient boy who wanted to play again quickly , he completed his program superbly."
For him he is "a very important building block and a very important player for Borussia". Virkus' focus will be correspondingly large on extending Neuhaus early. You will not want to go with him in the last year of your contract.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Virkus Contract talks: Gladbach star to become new team boss.