Hansi Flick praises Newcastle United transfer target Nico Schlotterbeck for showing what’s possible with “enormous” wins at Freiburg ahead of his Germany debut table football.
Schlotterbeck will take a bow in the national team’s friendly against Israel on Saturday evening. Flick has confirmed the centre-back will open the clash after missing out on his last two call-ups while missing November games through injury.
Flick definitely wants to use the German internationals in March to assess his fringe players for the World Cup. Schlotterbeck first entered his plans for the qualifiers in September. But he overlooked the 22-year-old as the side went undefeated.
A string of strong performances for Freiburg under Christian Streich has ensured that Schlotterbeck has stayed in the billing. He has helped keep eight clean sheets in his 25 Bundesliga games, enough for the Breisgau Brazilians to be in contention for a Champions League spot.
Only Bayern Munich (28) have conceded less in their 27 games than Streich (29), who is fifth in the table. While Schlotterbeck’s performances caught Newcastle’s interest in the January transfer market as they attempted to raid Freiburg to bolster their survival bid.
Accordingly 90 mins, the Magpies made an offer of over £40million for the Waiblingen-born Enforcer. the Daily Mail also reported that talks resumed later in the month after he turned down a move to Tyneside. While sports1 note Freiburg would now sell him for only 20 million euros.
Germany boss Flick praises Newcastle target Schlotterbeck for “tremendous progress”
Newcastle could try to rekindle their interest in Schlotterbeck’s transfer from Freiburg at the end of the season, then he will be a full-fledged Germany international under Flick.
The Breisgau Brazilians could also be more receptive to his departure at the end of their bid for European football. While Eddie Howe would benefit from his additional learning opportunities, which Flick believes Schlotterbeck has used exorbitantly successfully this season.
“Nico is making enormous progress, he defends very well and is very self-confident,” said Flick called. “I like it. Sometimes he’s just a little too lazy and takes it easy on himself. Streich agrees. But overall, Nico’s example shows what’s possible when young players play too.”
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