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Borussia Monchengladbach players forego wages to help club staff

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Borussia Monchengladbach’s players are foregoing their wages during the coronavirus suspension in order to help the club’s staff.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players have inspired the clubs’ coaches, directors, and CEOs to join the effort.

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“The players know what’s going on,” Eberl said in a Q&A on Gladbach’s site. “It’s their job, they have already informed themselves and thought about what they could do. The team has offered to forgo salary if it can help the club and its employees.

I am very proud of the boys. It’s a clear signal that we stand together for Borussia, in good times and in bad. They want to give something back to the club and therefore also to all the fans who support us. The coaching staff have followed suit, as have our directors and CEOs.

Eberl played for Gladbach from 1999-2005 as part of a 14-year playing career also spent with Greuther Furth, VfL Bochum, and Bayern Munich.

Cheers to Die Fohlen, who are showing their strong season has more than a little off-field character behind it.

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Gladbach extends USMNT’s Johnson, praises “reliable character”

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Fabian Johnson is going to keep going with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The USMNT veteran has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Foals through the 2019-20 season.

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Johnson, 29, has 13 goals and 18 assists in all competitions for Gladbach since arriving from Hoffenheim in 2014.

Gladbach is ninth in the Bundesliga this season, and Johnson has been limited to 19 league matches. The Foals have a 4W-3D-5L record without him.

The club is pleased to make the new deal:

“With his versatility on the pitch and his calm, reliable character in the dressing room, Fabian has developed into a leading player within the team,” said Borussia sporting director Max Eberl. “We’re delighted that he will be remaining with us for another three years.”

Johnson has played both wings and wide midfield positions this season, even seeing some time at center forward.

He’s returning to fitness from a six-week absence after suffering an injury against Schalke in the Europa League, a muscle injury which cost him time with the USMNT in March.

Both player and club confirm Marc-Andre ter Stegen will not move to Barcelona this summer

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Rumors of Marc-Andre ter Stegen making his way to Barcelona have irked both him and his club.

Borussia Moenchengladbach’s young and promising goalkeeper will remain in Germany for the forseeable future, despite many speculating he would be dubbed the successor to Victor Valdes.

Ter Stegen told German paper Bild “It is amusing, to hear about what I have supposedly signed, because apparently know a lot more than I do about my future. The fact is: I’m here. I look forward to the upcoming season with Borussia, as we have some great new additions. I’m really curious what is emerging here.”

This comes a little over a week after the Moenchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl telling Kicker, “Neither the player nor his advisers nor Borussia Moenchengladbach know of an offer having been made” and eventually admitting the speculation about his keeper was “getting on my nerves.”

However, both ter Stegen and his personnel boss admitted they do not know what the future holds, as any player of his level will be cause for rumors and interest worldwide.

“However you never know what’s in the coming seasons, anything can happen” ter Stegen told Bild.  Eberl also said in his Kicker interview, “ter Stegen is one of the most talented goalkeepers on the continent, so of course big clubs are interested in signing him.”

The 21-year-old was reported to be the subject of a bid from Barcelona by the Catalan media outfit Mundo Deportivo.  The Spanish paper has long been reporting Barcelona’s interest in ter Stegen as the possible successor to aging keeper Victor Valdes.

Ter Stegen’s contract lasts until June of 2015.

The German international was in goal for the USA’s 4-3 win over Germany, allowing a ridiculous own-goal that helped the U.S. hold off a late charge from the European power.