Eleven contracts with the Reds expire at the end of the season. “We won’t be able to do everything during the winter break,” says sports director Marcus Mann (38), who himself only has a contract until the summer. Boss Martin Kind (78) wants to extend, hoping for a quick signature.
There will be no agreement with Sei Muroya (28) before Christmas. The negotiations are not easy.
Muroya lets man fidget
The head of sport: “It’s no secret that we’ve already had talks. But you can’t say that we’re close to completion. That won’t be the case this year.”
The Japanese played a strong first half of the season and scored his first three goals in the 96 shirt (against Magdeburg, Sandhausen and HSV). Previously, Muroya (at 96 since 2020) had been goalless in 68 competitive games.
The right-back benefited from the system changeover to the 3-5-2 system. “As a result, he was more offensive than in the back four, Sei did well,” said Mann.
Despite good performances, Muroya was not nominated for the World Cup and has plenty of time for his wife Mary and three-year-old son Chun.
It goes without saying that he will keep his fingers crossed in front of the television in Japan’s first game against Germany. Does he believe in a sensation? Muroya: “Germany have a lot of good players, but we have also developed. There’s a small chance.”