Bensebaini comes from Gladbach
Borussia Dortmund presents first newcomer
6/5/2023 7:57 p.m
Borussia Dortmund would also like to challenge FC Bayern in the new Bundesliga season. In return, the runners-up will be strengthened with a left-back from Mönchengladbach. Further transfers are likely to depend heavily on what becomes of Jude Bellingham.
Borussia Dortmund has signed the first new signing for the coming season. Left-back Ramy Bensebaini is moving from Bundesliga competitor Borussia Mönchengladbach to the German runners-up on a free transfer. Bensebaini has signed a four-year contract in Dortmund, as announced by BVB.
“In our conversations with him we saw the unconditional desire to attack with Borussia Dortmund and play for titles. We are very much looking forward to working with a professional who has a good balance between defensive and offensive play,” said BVB Sports director Sebastian Kehl quoted in a club statement: “He has gained a lot of national and international experience in the Bundesliga, the French Ligue 1, the Champions League and the Europa League and is also an integral part of the selection of his home country.”
The 53-time Algerian national player switched from the French first division team Stade Rennes to Gladbach in 2019. He played 113 competitive games for the foals, in which he scored 25 goals. “I know what BVB is capable of and I’m sure that we as a team will build on the second half of the past year,” said Bensebaini. The 28-year-old is set to take on the role of Raphael Guerreiro in Dortmund, who turned down a contract extension and, according to media reports, is said to be moving to Bayern Munich.
Gündoğan to Dortmund? Bellingham to Madrid?
A little over a week after the Bundesliga title was lost 2-2 against Mainz on the last day of the game, there are increasing rumors about the squad with which the Black and Yellows want to grab first place again in the new season. For example, there is speculation about a return from İlkay Gündoğan – since the 32-year-old has not yet extended his contract with English FA Cup winners Manchester City. The “image” reported on this. However, it is highly unlikely that BVB Gündoğan can pay anywhere near as much as Man City.
According to reports, Gündoğan is about to extend his contract anyway, only the term is still unclear. “Nothing has been decided yet,” the midfielder said after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United (2-1). “We’ll see what will happen.” Gündoğan decided the game with a brace. FC Barcelona are also considered very interested in the dangerous midfielder.
However, there is still no definitive clarity regarding the possible transfer of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid. A transfer fee of around 120 million euros is under discussion. The departure of the 19-year-old midfield driver has been treated as a certainty for months, for which only detailed questions should be clarified. “I think that we will reinvest around 60 to 65 percent of the transfer fees that we achieve in this period,” announced Dortmund club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke as a basic procedure for squad planning for the new season.