His manager speaks only in high terms of him, the fans love him, but Aaron Hunt might be looking for some place new.
It’s hard to tell if Hunt really wants to leave Bremen where he played for his whole professional life. He joined Bremen’s reserve and youth academy in 2001. In 2004 he had his first Bundesliga appearance and from then on he never looked back. With 174 games played he scored 35 goals and is one of Werder Bremen’s cornerstones.
However when he was asked about his next summer expiring contract and his desire to stay in Bremen, Hunt said to German local daily Weser Kurier: “No talks are planned in the near future. I’ll wait and see until the winter break.”
Not making the mistake to overinterpret every word but unconditional love sounds different.
The 27-year-old has evidently ties to England not only because he has an English mother. His former teammate Marko Arnautovic plays with Stoke City now.
If Hunt’s goal is to play at an international level a transfer to Stoke City wouldn’t be an improvement over Bremen. Despite the relatively decent midfield placement in Bundesliga Werder Bremen has stumbled in some games and could find themselves fighting for spot at the end of the table.
Maybe that is why he is linked to Schalke who is behind Bremen in Bundesliga but playing well in Champions League. It's early and January is a way off, but this could be one to keep track of.
Would Aaron Hunt be a good fit for either Stoke City or Schalke?
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