Most expensive transfer this winter: vfl brings in perisic

Most expensive transfer this winter: vfl brings in perisic

The attacking midfielder signed a contract that runs until 2017 and will cost wolfsburg a transfer fee of just under eight million euros. In the afternoon, he trained for the first time with his new team at the training camp of the fubball bundesliga club in belek, turkey.

"I’m proud to be here," said perisic at his presentation in the feudal team quarters of wolfsburg, which, viewed from above, looks as if several ufos had landed on the beach of the turkish riviera. At first glance, his move from the german champions to the 15th-placed team in the league table could also be seen as a positive development. Hold for a descent. But the 23-year-old seemed very satisfied and confident ("15th place is not a good place for wolfsburg") when he gave his first press conference as a vfl player. BVB boss hans-joachim watzke also confirmed: "we wouldn’t have given ivan away if it hadn’t been his express wish."

In dortmund, the croatian european championship participant could not get past stars such as mario gotze and marco reus, and his relationship with coach jurgen klopp was severely strained after his public criticism of this reserve existence. In wolfsburg, on the other hand, perisic is a permanent fixture – as evidenced by the steep price his new club was willing to pay for him. "Ivan makes us more flexible, he can play in many positions in the offense. He will increase our quality," said vfl coach dieter hecking.

Actually, the most urgent goal of hecking and sporting director klaus allofs is to significantly reduce the size of their mammoth squad. But even wolfsburg, which now has 35 professionals again, could still use a boost in the offensive eagle positions. "We don’t want to buy broadly, but to raise the performance level in the squad," hecking explained. Perisic, in whom half the league was interested before his move from FC brugge to dortmund a year and a half ago, believes he can do just that.

"Ivan is a class player," said also his former coach klopp. He just didn’t see any more prospects at BVB. Perisic’s self-confidence, however, is so rough that it has not suffered from his time on dortmund’s bench. "Dortmund has had great results lately. You can’t say anything against him (klopp)," he said succinctly.


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