Arsenal transfer target Matthias Ginter wants to stay with Freiburg, while Mainz completes the signing of South Korean international Park Joo-Ho from Basel.
.Arsenal target Matthias Ginter unwilling to move from Freiburg
Freiburg were the surprise package last season as they punched above their weight and finished fifth in the league; and Matthias Ginter was one of the star performers in the team. The 19-year-old defender made 21 starts in the league and Freiburg had the third best defence in the league, statistically. But like most other promising youngsters from mid-table clubs these days, Ginter was quickly linked with a move to Arsenal, as the London club prepares for a busy summer. His talent and versatility has impressed the Arsenal scouts and the Gunners are reportedly lining up a move for him.
But perhaps refreshingly for a change, Ginter seems like a kid who prefers first team football at this age over joining a big club and settling down on the bench. The German U-21 international has stated that although he wishes to play for the elite teams in the future, his present belongs to Freiburg.
“It’s no secret to reveal I am longing to play for a top side from Europe one day in the future. I would be lying if I said any different.
“But at this point in time I am with Freiburg and I am really enjoying it here. It’s the perfect place for me.
“At my age, there is absolutely no point in being stuck on the bench when I have a great chance to play first-team football at Freiburg.
“This is my club. I was born here.” – The Arsenal target was quoted in BILD.
This will come as a huge boost for the Freiburg side, who have already lost some of their key players this summer.
Mainz completes the signing of Basel left back Park Joo-Ho
Bundesliga side Mainz have announced the signing of Park Joo-Ho from Swiss Super League side Basel.
The 26-year-old was signed by Basel back in 2011 from Japanese club Jubilo Iwata. He became a regular fixture in the starting eleven since his arrival at the club and put in some impressive performances last season, especially in the Europa league, where Basel reached the semi-final before being knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea.
Mainz have now announced the signing of Park Joo-Ho, for an undisclosed amount, on a two-year contract. Manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his delight at securing the signing of the South Korean international and has praised his tactical and technical ability.
“Park is a tactically schooled and technically flexible footballer. He has vast experience in the international game.
“He has been a first-team player at FC Basel and we are clearly happy he is going to show his skills for Mainz in the coming years.” – Tuchel was quoted in press.
Park Joo-Ho is sure to displace both Junior Diaz and Radoslav Zabavnik from the starting eleven. Mainz used four different players in the left-back spot last season as it seemed to be the only unsettled part of the back four.