Clubs wish farewell to departing players

With the 2. Bundesliga season now over for the majority of the teams, attention has turned to preparing for next season with clubs sending off their out of contract players.

VfL Bochum, Darmstadt and VfL Osnabrück were amongst those who had already announced their departures, with several more following on Monday with contracts set to expire on Tuesday.

Hannover 96 gave an official reception to nine players, as well as video analyst Tobias Holm, on Monday, although they confirmed on their website that some were still in discussions over returning.

That particularly applies to Hendrik Weydandt, who has been involved in will-he, won’t-he contract talks, whilst the club had been in discussions with 1. FC Köln over Jannes Horn. Sebastian Soto, who made just two appearances this season, is believed to be joining Norwich City.

Matthias Ostrzolek, Sebastian Jung, Marlon Sündermann, Marc Stendera, Julian Korb and Cedric Teuchert were also given a send off, whilst Miiko Albornoz and John Guidetti were excused as both have returned to Sweden.

Some big names are also leaving SV Sandhausen. A big blow is the loss of left-back Leart Paqarada, who has had a strong season at left-back for the club and will likely be wanted by several other 2. Liga clubs.

The departures of Jesper Verlaat, Markus Karl and Instagram-icon Rúrik Gíslason were largely expected, whilst youth graduate Roman Hauk, who recently made his debut for the club, is already known to be joining Regionalliga side Astoria Walldorf.

It appears Tim Kister, Philipp Klingmann and Erik Zenga will be offered new deals having not been mentioned by the club.

FC St. Pauli have confirmed three departures that were already largely known. Dimitrios Diamantakos leaves to join Croatian side Hajduk Split, with Marc Hornschuh also leaving. Jan-Philipp Kalla also hangs up his boots but will his 17 years with the club are not over as he will remain in another capacity.

Other decisions will be announced in due course but one of the loan players confirmed to not be returning is Matt Penney, who had recently signed a contract extension with parent club Sheffield Wednesday. The club also confirmed on Monday that Jos Luhukay has left as head coach.

Relegated SV Wehen Wiesbaden have confirmed the departures of ten players. Key performers Heinz Lindner, Maximilian Dittgen and Daniel-Kofi Kyereh are joined in leaving the club by Jan Albrecht, Sidney Friede, Patrick Schönfeld, Jules Schwadorf, Nicklas Shipnoski, Jan Vogel and Marc Wachs.

The majority will leave with best wishes however, Friede, who made just one appearance after joining from Hertha BSC in the winter, used a clown emoji in a now-deleted Instagram post (see below) suggesting he was not happy with how his time had gone there.

Jeremias Lorch, Stefan Aigner, Marcel Titsch Rivero and Niklas Dams were not included in the club’s messages, suggesting there is hope for all four to sign new deals for the campaign back in the 3. Liga, whilst four loan players, including Gökhan Gül and Dominik Franke, were also not mentioned.

The two clubs relegated from the Bundesliga have also confirmed their departures.

Fortuna Düsseldorf have bid farewell to Michael Rensing, Kevin Stöger, Markus Suttner, Steven Skrzybski, Robin Bormuth, Aymen Barkok, Valon Berisha, Kasim Adams and Erik Thommy. They had already announced that Diego Contento would leave in the summer.

Talks are ongoing with other out of contract players, which includes most notably Niko Gießelmann, Adam Bodzek and captain Oliver Fink. Coach Uwe Rosler confirmed following the side’s relegation at the weekend that he would remain in charge.

Leon Brüggemeier, Mohamed Dräger, Laurent Jans, Gerrit Holtmann, Justin Reineke, Massih Wassey and Ben Zolinski will leave SC Paderborn 07. As previously reported, talks are ongoing with Klaus Gjasula and Uwe Hünemeier.

Further announcements are likely to come over the following days.

Header image source: Hannover 96.

Published by jamesrees1989

Football writer. 2. Bundesliga geek. Ex-Football Radar, VAVEL, Read Bundesliga. Tweets at @germanpyramid and @OxonFootball.

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