Suspended game at Hannover 96 because of Ekici

After several weeks as a training guest, coach Kenan Kocak would like to bring former Werder Bremen professional Mehmet Ekici to Hannover 96 in the 2nd Bundesliga. “He is a very experienced player who has integrated very well into the squad in the last few weeks. He is very technically adept and has a good finish,” said Kocak at the press conference for the home game against FC St. Pauli (Saturday, 1.00 p.m. / Sky).

However, other criteria are decisive for the midfield player to be committed: Do the Lower Saxony members need reinforcements in their position? And can you afford the salary of the 30-year-old without a contract since 2020? “I’m the head coach here and I make my recommendations. For everything else I’m the wrong person,” said Kocak on Thursday.

After two wins at the start of the year, “96” is only six points behind a promotion place, but is not making any progress with the planned reinforcement of the squad. Serdar Dursun received no clearance from Darmstadt 98, the former 96 Felix Klaus moved from VfL Wolfsburg to Fortuna Düsseldorf. Ekici played in Germany for Bayern Munich II, 1. FC Nürnberg and Werder Bremen before moving to Trabzonspor in Turkey in 2014 and to Fenerbahce Istanbul three years later. He has been keeping fit in Hanover for five weeks.


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