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Heidenheim CEO Holger Sanwald has not given up hope of keeping Niklas Dorsch this summer, but knows that the reported Rangers target could be lured away, while speaking to the Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

In their heart of hearts, the second-tier club must have known that any hopes they had of retaining a one-time Bayern Munich wonder-kid depended solely on securing promotion.

And after Heidenheim lost a two-legged relegation play-off to Werder Bremen on away goals, it seems only a matter of time before the former Germany U21 international is packing his bags.

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Het Nieuwsblad claims that Belgian outfit Gent are keen to trigger the £3 million release clause in Dorsch’s contract while, after he was linked with a move to Celtic in 2019, InFranken mentioned Rangers as a potential destination in May.

“No (I haven’t accepted that Dorsch is leaving). But I know that many of our players are interesting for other clubs,” Heidenheim’s CEO said after his side tripped over the final hurdle and blew their chances of promotion.

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“There will be changes, maybe even a rebuild (of the squad). But we are used to that in Heidenheim. We must face these challenges.”

Dorsch was once very highly-rated within the walls of the Allianz Arena but, despite scoring on his Bundesliga debut in Bayern colours, the 22-year-old opted to drop down a division in order to prove himself in the senior game.

Blessed with a glorious passing range and the ability to orchestrate things from his deep-lying role, his former Bayern coach Heiko Vogel has compared Dorsch to World Cup winners Toni Kroos and Lothar Matthaus (Goal).

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