Matthias Ginter is flattered by reported interest from Arsenal but has made it clear that he will ‘definitely stay’ at Borussia Monchengladbach beyond this summer, while speaking to Kicker.
The former Dortmund defender was famously the only outfield member of Joachim Low’s squad not to play a minute of that victorious 2014 World Cup campaign.
But the 26-year-old is now certainly making up for lost time, establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet for club and country.
Ginter now has 29 caps under his belt and, with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels consigned to an early and unwelcome retirement by Low, expect to see this 6ft 3ins giant standing strong at the heart of Germany’s defence when Euro 2021 kicks off next summer.
A move to Premier League giants Arsenal or Chelsea, not to mention Serie A runners-up Inter Milan, would undoubtedly boost Ginter’s international ambitions (Sky).
But, after sneaking into the Champions League on the final day of 2019/20 at Bayer Leverkusen’s expense, the Freiburg-born powerhouse has no plans to turn his back on Marco Rose’s exciting and ever-improving Gladbach.
“Yes, I will definitely stay in Gladbach,” the £15 million Ginter says when asked about interest from clubs in England and Italy.
“Of course I heard about the inquiries and was pleased with the appreciation (from other clubs), but I also emphasized how well I am at Gladbach.
“The current team has great potential and the coach means a huge added value for us. The club is in the process of building something with the great fanbase. I also have big goals at this club.”
Ginter suggests that he could opt to sign a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2021.
This comes a matter of days after Gladbach’s sporting director, the much-admired Max Eberl, told WZ that Die Folen were planning to keep a talented crop of players together at the Bay Arena.