Insider Notes: Dortmund wants new Pulisic deal; Brooks injury update
Christian Pulisic has started his last three games for Borussia Dortmund, and after receiving an offer from Liverpool for Pulisic at the end of the transfer window, Dortmund would like to sign Pulisic to a new contract. But as of now, sources say Pulisic is in “wait-and-see mode” to get a sense of how much playing time he’ll be getting this season before he starts negotiating a new contract.
I’m also told that Liverpool could make another run at Pulisic either in January or next summer, as Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp really likes the 18-year-old American. Pulisic’s current Dortmund contract runs through June 2019, but he’s already playing at a level beyond his salary in that contract. Dortmund offered him a new five-year deal last spring, but Pulisic turned it down.
Here are a couple of more insider notes with a Bundesliga twist:
Hertha Berlin manager expects John Brooks to return in early October
Hertha Berlin’s John Brooks is missing Wednesday’s game against Bayern Munich due to what manager Pal Dardai called “muscular problems,” adding that he doesn’t think Brooks will be available again until Oct. 1.
The 23-year-old Brooks had a standout Copa América for the U.S., but he wasn’t with the U.S. during the most recent World Cup qualifiers. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann said the U.S. team has to keep a close eye on Brooks even when he’s healthy because his 6’6” frame struggles on long flights, even in business class, and he tends to get back spasms when he returns to Germany.
Look for Brooks to be with the U.S. for the Hexagonal games, but perhaps not for the October friendlies.
Bayern Munich laughs off idea of Bundesliga playoff system
Former German Football League president Wolfgang Holzhäuser made news this week when he told Kicker it would be a great idea for the Bundesliga to have a four-team championship playoff at the end of the season to determine the league champion, USA-style. He argued that it would make the league more exciting instead of having Bayern Munich run away with the title.
After calling a Bayern Munich source about it, the reaction on the other end of the line was nothing but laughter. Bayern doesn’t take Holzhäuser—or his idea—seriously.
Bayern has won the last four Bundesliga titles and it has won its first three matches of the current season, outscoring opponents 11-1.