Starke Composed Over Wiese Arrival
Hoffenheim goalkeeper Tom Starke says he does not bear a grudge against his club's coach Markus Babbel after he signed Tim Wiese from Werder Bremen on a free transfer.
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Wiese is set to take Starke's place in the Hoffenheim goal next season, but the club's vice-captain said Babbel had been open with him about the deal and he is not taking it personally.
"Our relationship is fine because he was honest to me,'' he said.
"Of course this is a sad decision for me, but it is not about individual
people and Babbel made that clear that he thinks Tim Wiese is great and he made it clear from the very beginning that he would try to bring him to Hoffenheim.
"I have to accept that. He never lied to me or made any illusions, so everything is fine.''
Nevertheless, the 31-year-old admitted he is now considering his options, and one of them is to leave the club this summer.
"I am open for everything, but one thing is certain - I want to be playing,'' he told sport1.de.
"I wouldn't be averse to moving abroad either, but I have to be careful with what I say because I still have a contract here with Hoffenheim, even if they have said I can leave.
"My agent is already looking for a new challenge for me.''
Starke joined Hoffenheim in 2010 and soon became a fans' favourite, as well as an important voice in the dressing room.
If he does leave this summer, then he says he will take a lot of fond memories with him.
"It has been a fantastic time for me up to now and it is not over yet,'' he said.
"We still have a week of training and it is gorgeous in the Hoffenheim area.
"On the field, we have been able to establish ourselves in the Bundesliga and I will certainly take away a great deal of emotions.''