BVB boss Lucien Favre is keen to pen a new one-year extension to his current deal and go again with his side, who agonisingly missed out on snatching the Bundesliga title this time of asking. Favre and his troops suffered the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the crown with Bayern Munich being hailed as champions in the final analysis.
The club has already signalled its intent to push once more for glory and have wasted no time in recruiting a crop of stars to bolster their bid. The season had barely come to a close before Favre had splashed the cash — an outlay of around €75million — on snaring three players: Germany left-back Nico Schulz, who is aged 26, joined from Hoffenheim; Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Real Madrid target Eden has also arrived, as has Julian Brandt, formerly of Bayer Leverkusen.
Getting the business done early should give Favre every opportunity of enjoying a good summer as he considers other recruitment options and has the chance to bed in his acquisitions as the tilt for title begins again. Indeed, online betting sites are seeing keen interest on punters having a flutter on who they think will be champions — so why not take a look at the pros and cons of signing up for an account as welll as the different kind of markets that are available to you.
Of course, we should not forget that BVB have already secured the long-term future of forward Paco Alcácer. Remember, he joined last August on loan for the season from Catalan giants Barcelona with an option in the deal to sign the goal-getter permanently for €23million. And in February of this year he signed a five-year contract. It made sense for everyone concerned given how well the player had settled into the club and his role — he finished a stunning season in which he netted 18 goals, 12 from the subs’ bench.
You could tell that the switch from the Nou Camp to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park stadium was one which was harmonious following Alcácer’s comments after he signed his new deal. At the time, when he was asked if the loan spell could have gone any better, he said:
“Honestly, no. But the team and the club did such a good job of welcoming me in, and that made me feel right at home. It gives you confidence, while the quality of the other players has also made me into a better player.”
The Spanish hitman says making the decision to join permanently was made easier by the amazing fans of BVB, adding:
“You just have to look at how the fans get behind the team right until the final whistle. It gives the team confidence and it’s also a reason why it’s been going so well for us.”
An intriguing season awaits.