Germany manager Hansi Flick was happy with Nico Schlotterbeck’s debut for the European giants this weekend, despite Newcastle United’s reported goal conceding a penalty.
Talking to the press via GGFNThe former Bayern Munich head coach spoke about his satisfaction with the Freiburg talent on his first appearance for Germany, when Schlotterbeck started alongside Jonathan Tah in the 2-0 win against Israel in Sinsheim.
Despite conceding, it wasn’t a perfect debut for Schlotterbeck, who conceded a late penalty that threatened to ruin the youngster’s first game for his national side. However, Kevin Trapp denied Yonatan Cohen from the point.
as reports Sport1Schlotterbeck is a key target for Newcastle this summer, with the defender available for just €20m (£17m) after a fantastic breakthrough season in the Bundesliga with Freiburg.
The 22-year-old defender still has a lot to learn about playing top-flight football but Flick was impressed with Schlotterbeck’s performance despite his last-minute incident against Israel.
Flick said: “Nico and I spoke about this incident. He analyzed it the same way we did, so that’s a good first step. He played well, got fooled and was there. Hopefully it will be a good lesson for him. Overall, he can be very happy with his debut.”
Schlotterbeck praise for Germany good news for Newcastle’s interest
Failing on his international debut is something no player ever wants to experience and while Schlotterbeck conceded a penalty, Trapp’s save is a huge relief for the young defender and Flick’s praise for the German youngster bodes well for Newcastle.
Indeed, Schlotterbeck has the quality and potential to be a fantastic player for Newcastle if Eddie Howe’s side can sign the defender and Flick’s admiration for the Bundesliga star is just another sign of how far the centre-back is in of the future can go.
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