Borussia Monchengladbach have announced that striker Marcus Thuram will depart from the Bundesliga club in the upcoming summer as his contract will come to an end
Borussia Monchengladbach’s forward Marcus Thuram will depart from the club as his contract expires at the end of the current season.
The Bundesliga club has given up their hopes of retaining the French forward. Several clubs such as Inter, Chelsea, and Newcastle United are all after Thuram’s signature. Despite this, Thuram has had a successful season in terms of goalscoring.
Marcus Thuram, who can operate as both a striker and a left winger, has scored 16 goals and provided five assists in 28 appearances so far this season, surpassing his tally of 14 goals from the previous campaign.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s sporting director, Roland Virkus, expressed his regret about parting ways with Marcus Thuram, who had been with the club for four years. Apart from Thuram, the Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini, will also leave Gladbach as a free agent, and there are reports that he will sign with Borussia Dortmund.
Marcus Thuram’s departure deals a blow to Gladbach
Virkus said: “We were in an open discussion with both players and knew their current position. It is a shame that they won’t extend their current contracts. which expire in the summer. And we also understand that our fans are disappointed that both aren’t staying.
“In the past years, it has always been part of our approach to pick up talented players, develop them further, and at a certain point in time also allow them to leave, because we can’t keep them forever.
“In an ideal world, we would have picked up an attractive transfer fee. It is obviously not good that now this is not the case.”
In an interview on Gladbach’s official website, Virkus described Thuram and Bensebaini as “players that can make the difference”.
“Both have helped us from a sporting side in the past few years and are still doing that now,” he added, “so despite all our justified disappointment, they have still earned a stylish goodbye.”
After the news of the departures of Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini, it was also announced that Lars Stindl would also leave Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer.
Virkus said: “We were also in an open and fair discussion with Lars. He explained his personal decision in terms of the responsibility he has to his family.
“In the end, that also speaks to Lars Stindl as a person. He has helped shaped the club over eight years, was the face of Borussia, a goal threat, a hard-worker for the team and a brilliant captain. He is now 34 years old though, and your priorities change, he is going back home and you have to respect that.”