Pentz Stuns Austria Wien With Transfer Request
Bundesliga runners up Austria Wien were today rocked by the news that number 1 goalkeeper Patrick Pentz had submitted a transfer request to manager Christopher Steegmann and chairman Wolfgang Katzien. After a summer of intense transfer speculation, and reports of multiple bids by clubs such as Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, it appears that Pentz has finally become unsettled and decided to look for pastures new, before the ending of the transfer window on August 31st.
Only a matter of weeks ago, Die Vielchen released a statement that under no circumstances would Pentz be sold after they rejected a second bid of £6.5 million from Bayer Leverkusen earlier on in the week. However Pentz has today stated that “although this club has given me everything since I broke through, it is time for me to try my hand somewhere else at a higher level. Germany would be an incredible move for my career and hopefully the people up high here can see that I want to go and an arrangement can be made.”
Reports from Die Vielchen though suggest that the transfer request submitted by the 22 year old, who played in every Bundesliga game for Austria Wien last season will be rejected. Christopher Steegmann remains keen to keep hold of the goalkeeper, because of his ability and potential to become a star of this Austria Wien team for a long time to come, but also because as the transfer clock ticks down, time is running out for Steegmann to find a goalkeeper of suitable standard to replace the number 1.
The move also comes as a shock because of its timing, with Austria Wien less than a week away from a return to the UEFA Champions League, where they will visit Zenit St. Petersburg in the Third Qualifying Round of the competition. Having stuck through last season with Austria Wien as they competed in the Bundesliga and the OFB-Cup with no European football, Die Vielchen fans will be hopeful that the allure of either Champions League or Europa League football will be enough to persuade Pentz to stay in the long term.
Notoriously bad away from home but it’s their home form and the chance to take advantage of home advantage in the first leg that’s scaring me slightly. However, this team is more than capable of overcoming them!
Fortunately the travelling won’t be as far as it would be for an English, French or Spanish club so that can’t be an excuse and hopefully we can go to Russia and grab an away goal to bring back to Austria with us!
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