August 4, 2021

Official: At the beginning, Bayern Munich brings Lars Mai to Werder Bremen

Loan player Park should stay

A first version of this article appeared on Thursday at 6:49 a.m. and was updated later.

SV Werder Bremen has signed defender Lars Mai (21). The newly crowned U21 European champion, who is still under contract with FC Bayern until 2023, will be loaned for one season and will travel to the training camp with the team on Thursday. The German record champions officially confirmed this.

Darmstadt 98 had already brought the talented May into the second division last season, coach at the time: The new Werder coach Markus Anfang. At the “Lilien” team, Mai was a regular under him for the whole season and is now, after Nicolai Rapp (24, FC Union), probably the second former Darmstadt loaner to start out in Bremen. “Lukas showed his qualities at Darmstadt and convinced them. At Werder Bremen he is taking the next logical step in his development, ”said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Actually, I would have expected the step into the first division in May. In his first second league season he played very stable. Assuming that he will still develop upwards at that age, the first division should be the goal. Nothing against Werder, but if I were to move to the second division again, I would lack the ambition. …

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For Werder’s defense, the signing of Mai could mean further changes. Ömer Toprak (31) and Milos Veljkovic (25) are likely candidates for an exit, especially since newcomer Rapp is also at home in the central defender position.

With a filling mug: the most expensive Werder entries in the club’s history

11. Eljero Elia (for 5.5 million euros from Juventus Turin)

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10. Diego (for 6 million euros from FC Porto)

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9. Marko Arnautovic (for 6.2 million euros from Twente Enschede)

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8. Niclas Füllkrug (for 6.5 million euros from Hannover 96)

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6. Leonardo Bittencourt (for 7 million euros from TSG Hoffenheim)

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6. Milot Rashica (for 7 million euros from Vitesse Arnhem)

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4. Max Kruse (for 7.5 million euros from VfL Wolfsburg)

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4. Wesley (for € 7.5 million from FC Santos)

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3. Carlos Alberto (for € 7.8 million from Fluminense Rio de Janeiro)

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2. Marko Marin (for 8.2 million euros from Borussia M’gladbach)

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1. Davy Klaassen (for 13.5 million euros from Everton FC)

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In addition to May, Kyu-Hyun Park (20), who had already been on loan for the past two years, is to move permanently from the South Korean first division club Ulsan Hyundai to Bremen. According to information from the club, “final details” still need to be clarified. The defensive man is also on the road with the team.

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