Bay­ern re­lease in­jury-prone Bad­stu­ber

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: In­jury-prone Ger­many de­fender Hol­ger Bad­stu­ber is look­ing for a new club af­ter em­ploy­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich said on Fri­day they will not ex­tend his con­tract fol­low­ing his loan to Schalke.

The 28-year-old, whose con­tract ex­pires next month, has been plagued by in­jury through­out his ca­reer and joined Bun­desliga ri­vals Schalke in Jan­uary to get more match time.

But Bay­ern, who have just won a fifth-straight Bun­desliga ti­tle, an­nounced Fri­day that they are re­leas­ing Bad­stu­ber, who joined the Ger­man giants in 2002 as a 13-year-old.

“It was clear from the start that Hol­ger Bad­stu­ber, af­ter his loan spell at Schalke, would seek a new ex­pe­ri­ence most likely abroad,” said Bay­ern chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge.

“There­fore Bay­ern Mu­nich wish Hol­ger Bad­stu­ber all the best and we thank him for his ex­em­plary com­mit­ment in nearly 15 years at Saebener Strasse (Bay­ern’s train­ing ground).”

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bavar­ian giants al­ready have four cen­tre­backs on their books for next sea­son in Jerome Boateng, Mats Hum­mels and Javi Martinez with Nik­las Suele, 21, to ar­rive for 2017/18 from Hof­fen­heim.

Ear­lier this week, Schalke said they would not be sign­ing Bad­stu­ber per­ma­nently af­ter ten league ap­pear­ances for the Royal Blues since Jan­uary.

The burly de­fender made the last of his 31 ap­pear­ances for Ger­many in March 2015.

How­ever, his ca­reer has been dogged by in­jury in­clud­ing backto-back cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment tears in 2012 and 2013 that side­lined him out for long spells. AFP

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