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Lena Oberdorf before moving from VfL Wolfsburg to FC Bayern Munich

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Lena Oberdorf before moving from VfL Wolfsburg to FC Bayern Munich

As of: February 15, 2024 2:32 p.m

The transfer hammer in the women’s Bundesliga is perfect: national player Lena Oberdorf is moving from VfL Wolfsburg to its long-term rivals FC Bayern Munich. Janina Minge comes to VfL from Freiburg.

According to NDR information, the defensive midfielder is leaving the Bundesliga runners-up at the end of the season for a transfer fee of around 400,000 euros. This much money has never been paid for a German footballer. The 22-year-old is making use of an exit clause in her contract, which runs until the summer of 2025. She receives a four-year contract at FC Bayern.

“I had good conversations with head coach Alexander Straus and department head Bianca Rech and I really liked the club’s vision of what they want to achieve in the next few years,” said Oberdorf, explaining her move: “They also showed me where my There is potential and what can still be gotten out of me. I don’t think I’m a complete player yet – but I want to get there.”

Straus, who spoke of a “big contract for the club,” sees room for improvement at Oberdorf, especially in attack. “She still has so much to offer on the offensive, she can be a goalscorer,” said the Norwegian: “And that’s what we plan to do with her.”

“We also want to be big in the women’s area, not just the men.”
— FCB-Trainer Alexander Straus

Oberdorf had been courted by Bayern as a teenager, but chose Wolfsburg at the time – because she found the club “more likeable”, as she told “Spiegel” at the time. “Lena Oberdorf is one of the most talented players in Germany and has a great future ahead of her,” explained Bianca Rech, head of the women’s department at FC Bayern: “We are very happy that we were able to convince Lena to join FC Bayern.”

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On the trail of Harder and Roord

After Pernille Harder, who moved to Chelsea FC in the summer of 2020 for 350,000 euros, and Jil Roord, who left the club for the same amount last summer to Manchester City, Oberdorf is VfL’s next financially strong transfer – but also a bitter loss in terms of sport . She is considered one of the best midfielders in the world and has also been courted by top teams Chelsea and Paris St. Germain.

Her transfer within the league has a signal effect for the ailing Bundesliga: a young top-class player decides to stay in the midst of discussions about the loss of international competitiveness.

Oberdorf came to Wolfsburg from SGS Essen in 2020 and has since appeared 98 times for the “Wolfinnen”, scoring 22 goals and preparing 14. With VfL she has won the German championship once and the DFB Cup three times. She played for the Wolves twice in a Champions League final. Last year she struggled with her form and injuries at times.

At the age of 17, “Obi”, as the Wolfsburg native is called by her teammates, celebrated her debut in the German national team. She has now played 44 international matches. At the 2022 European Championships in England, Oberdorf was named the best young player.

National player Minge signs until 2027

VfL has already signed a replacement. National player Janina Minge will play for Wolfsburg from next season. The 24-year-old midfielder is moving to the “Wolves” from league rivals SC Freiburg on a free transfer in the summer and has signed a contract until the summer of 2027.

Kellermann: “She has a great mentality”

“We are very pleased that Janina will be strengthening our squad from the summer as a flexible and goal-scoring midfielder. She brings a great mentality and is an absolute team player,” said Ralf Kellermann, Wolfsburg’s director of women’s football.

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Minge made his Bundesliga debut with the sports club at the age of 16. She scored 26 goals in 177 competitive games. “After my nine years at SC Freiburg, this is the next step for me, and I see the best conditions here to develop further in my sport,” said the two-time international player: “I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead with VfL.”

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