David Otto, Maurice Multhaup and Andrew Owusu leave Heidenheim

1. FC Heidenheim announced three further departures on Friday, with David Otto returning to Hoffenheim and Maurice Multhaup and Andrew Owusu not signing new contracts.

Their departures follow those earlier in the week of Sebastian Griesbeck and Timo Beermann, who have joined Union Berlin and Osnabrück respectively.

Otto had been signed on loan from Hoffenheim last summer and played a total of 29 games. He had a mixed spell, scoring just once but setting up six goals as provider, but he has shown signs of development.

CEO Holger Sanwald did not rule out a return for Otto in the future. “We will closely monitor his further development,” he said in the club’s statement. “The doors are also open for David at FCH.”

Former Schalke youngster Multhaup had joined Heidenheim from Ingolstadt in early 2018 and had played a frequent part in the squad, making 47 apperances, without ever really establishing himself in Frank Schmidt’s line-up.

Sanwald suggested Multhaup was leaving for extra game time, but praised his contribution in the DFB-Pokal match against Bayer Leverkusen last season, which set up a quarter-final with Bayern Munich.

Owusa stepped up from the under-19 side in the summer but apart from two apperances on the bench he made no impact on the first team.

“For his further development he understandably needs as much time as possible, which we cannot offer him at the moment due to the strong competition,” confirmed Sanwald.

Meanwhile there are no further developments regarding the future of Niklas Dorsch, who had been reported to be on the verge of a transfer to KAA Gent earlier in the week.

Published by jamesrees1989

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