The Borussia Monchengladbach director, Max Eberl, has revealed that the club could not offer Matthias Ginter a new contract because of financial restrictions, as they fended off reported interest from Tottenham this summer.
The Bundesliga side were reportedly hit hard by the effects of the pandemic, which limited the amount that could be spent on improving the squad and tying players down in the long term.
However, the return of fans has started to ease the pressure on Monchengladbach, who are now planning to return to usual operations – starting by offering Ginter, 27, a new deal at the club before the January transfer window opens.
The German defender reportedly earns £54k per week, but could have left the club in the summer amidst the uncertainties surrounding his contract situation.
As such, Tottenham, who were looking to bolster their defence, reportedly enquired about Ginter’s services in the summer, but were rebuffed by the German side, who were keen on keeping the centre-back.
Spurs’ interest was also mirrored by the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, though none of the sides were able to strike a deal over the summer.
Monchengladbach’s director Eberl has revealed the difficulties the club faced due to the pandemic but also hinted that Ginter could be rewarded with a new and improved deal.
He told Sport1: “Well, I wouldn’t have been ashamed or embarrassed, but we actually couldn’t make an adequate offer to Matthias Ginter as a German national player. We just didn’t have the financial means at the time.
“Now the season is running, spectators are coming again, and it’s a different calculation. Even if you have to calculate on the go. Now, we will try to use the money sensibly and appropriately for the players.”
Spurs Web Opinion
As an experienced defender, Ginter would have been a tidy signing for Spurs, who were looking to improve a shaky back line.
A deal would have been pretty tough to secure, though, with plenty of other sides interested in him, and with the German side unwilling to part ways with him.
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