Bundesliga pundit reacts to £19m Arsenal man could move to Germany
Derek Rae has claimed that Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is someone who is “highly valued” in Germany, as he told the Highbury Squad Podcast.
The Bundesliga pundit and football commentator added that he couldn’t imagine a German club wanting to sign Leno during the summer transfer window.
For several years, Leno was Arsenal’s number one, including at the start of this campaign.
But, with Mikel Arteta bringing Aaron Ramsdale to the club, he then replaced Leno between the sticks and he hasn’t looked back since.
As a result, there has been talk of Leno’s possible departure as Rae reacted to the possibility of him returning home.
“He’s been there for a while now, at Arsenal,” Rae said. “He was in Leverkusen. He is always very popular.
“One thing that Germany does quite well is produce goalkeepers, so you almost have this treadmill of young goalkeepers going by.
“I’m not sure I can visualize, at the moment, and I haven’t seen him linked to any German club in particular. I can’t imagine a single club that would say ‘yes, I want to bring Bernd Leno back. in Germany”.
“If you look at all the big clubs there, they’re pretty well off. Leverkusen could maybe move on – I think that’s one to watch, more than anything. I don’t know of a single German club that has put all his eggs in Leno’s basket, however good it is and however credible it is perceived in Germany.
Signed by Arsenal in 2018 for £19million (Guardian), Leno has been a great servant to the north London club.
But given how far Ramsdale have taken their game, it will take something special for the Germany international to return as a number one now.
As a substitute, it’s great for Mikel Arteta to bring in a player of such quality and experience.
This was proven in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa before the international break when he was given a clean sheet, including making a top save just from the death.
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