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Wolfsburg professional on problems with Kohfeldt: “Never experienced it”

Wolfsburg's Renato Steffen had problems with ex-coach Florian Kohfeldt.  (Image: dpa) Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa

Wolfsburg’s Renato Steffen had problems with ex-coach Florian Kohfeldt. (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa)

Wolfsburg – The Swiss national player Renato Steffen is thinking about leaving VfL Wolfsburg after four and a half years.

At a media event for the Swiss national team, the 30-year-old winger spoke about major difficulties between him and former VfL coach Florian Kohfeldt. “The last six months have definitely been one of the most difficult phases of my career. I had never experienced such problems with a coach,” said Steffen. “But I’m a tough guy and I spoke up about it. Depending on what you do, there are people in front of you with whom it fits or not. It just didn’t work out for him.”

Since 2018 in Wolfsburg

The Swiss offensive player came to Wolfsburg from FC Basel in January 2018. His contract with the Bundesliga club is valid until 2023, and Kohfeldt will be replaced by former Bayern coach Niko Kovac this summer. For Steffen’s positions, however, VfL recently signed Jakub Kaminsi from Poland (Lech Posen) and Patrick Wimmer from Austria (Arminia Bielefeld).

“I’ve always said: I feel very comfortable in Wolfsburg. But you have to say: the last six months have clouded the picture a bit,” said Steffen. “I’m a player who likes change. The trend today is towards very young players, very talented players. That’s why you have to discuss it with the club. If they say: We want something new, then that’s good for me. Then I’ll go a new way. Otherwise, I still have a very nice year there and I will try to be as successful as possible. I would very much like to stay in the Bundesliga.”

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