Nurnburg have bid an ‘emotional’ farewell to Patrick Erras after the reported Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers target helped save the famous old club from relegation in his final appearance, as stated via the club’s official website.
Talk about going out on a high.
While Erras might not have fired home a winning penalty in a Champions League final a la Didier Drogba, the local lad-made-good can take pride in helping save Nurnburg from being relegated to the third tier for the first time since the restructuring of German football all the way back in 1963.
And what a way to do it.
Nurnburg were packing their bags and sloping off into the 3.Liga – until a 96th-minute Fabian Schleusener strike ensured they would pull of a Houdini-esque escape act in play-off clash with Ingolstadt.
Via a statement on their official website, Nurnburg have now confirmed that Erras, who has spent his entire professional career with Der Club, has departed a hero with his contract expiring.
“Patrick Erras (among others) received a small thank you from the club for their commitment to the club. In the subsequent speeches to the players, it became powerfully emotional again.”
As reported by BILD, both Leeds and QPR have held talks with the 6ft 5ins free agent. But it is not 100 per cent certain that he will not still be a Nurnburg player again when 2020/21 kicks off.
Talks have been held with his representatives.
But will a homegrown hero stick around or jump at the chance to play Premier League football under the legendary Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road?