Bremen disappointed with Gnabry exit

SV Werder Bremen chairman Klaus Filbry has hit out at Serge Gnabry for bailing on the Bundesliga side after just one season.

The German international, who scored 11 goals in 27 league goals last term, left the club before signing for FC Bayern Munchen.

He had made an impressive impact upon his arrival although he featured sporadically in the final two months of Bremen’s campaign.

Speaking about losing the talented 21-year-old, who failed to make the grade at Arsenal before shining at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil where he ended as the top scorer for his country, Filbry revealed his disappointment.

He told Werderstube: “I would have hoped for some more perseverance from Serge.

“Maybe he opted for the easiest way. I think it’s a pity, but I wish him all the best.

“I was hoping that he could imagine a longer stay at Bremen – and the talks we had also suggested that was an option. But then he did not really get going again after his injury. Maybe that made him change his mind.

“The decision made by the coach [to drop Gnabry] were absolutely understandable. We were successful and won.”

He added: “We got him a year ago for a certain sum; now we’re selling him again for a certain sum.

“With the salary he’s got in the meantime, it’s almost a zero-sum game for us, thus opening up no new scope for action.”

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