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Defender confirms desire for permanent Stoke City exit this summer

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Kevin Wimmer has revealed he wants to make his loan move from Stoke City to Karlsruher a permanent one during the summer transfer window.

The defender joined the German second-tier side on a temporary basis back in the January transfer window, and has since made just four appearances for the club.

But despite that, it seems Wimmer is keen to extend his time with the club beyond the end of the current campaign.

Speaking to German outlet KA-News about his future, Wimmer said: “Of course I’m happy. I’ve felt really good since the first day I was here. I was well received by the entire team and the coaching team.

“I know “Eiche” (Karlsruher manager Christian Eichner) from our time in Cologne, we already had a good relationship there. He is outstanding as a human being. It feels good that he wants to keep me here. I would be happy if the club saw it that way too.

“Yes, (I would like to stay), I feel good here. But: I still have a year’s contract with Stoke, which of course has to be settled first.”

The report also goes on to state that Eichner himself would like to extend Wimmer’s stay with the club, and it seems the defender is keen to come to an agreement with Stoke to allow that deal to happen, as he added: “First of all, I would have to get out of the contract that I still have at Stoke City until 2022.

“In this case, it would be great if all parties could come to an agreement early on so that I wouldn’t have to go back to England in the summer.”

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Having joined Stoke for a reported £18million from Tottenham in summer of 2018, Wimmer has made just 19 appearances in all competitions for the Potters, spending much of his time since then out on loan with other clubs.

The Verdict

It does seem as though this is a deal that could suit all concerned.

Wimmer is not going to force his way back into contention at Stoke, so it could make sense for them to let him go this summer, allowing him to rebuild his career elsewhere.

Indeed, if they were to do that, it would at least allow them to receive some sort of a fee for the defender, rather than lose him for nothing when his contract expires at the end of next season.

Karlsruher appear willing to give them an opportunity to do that, and considering things simply have not worked out for Wimmer while at Stoke, you do feel as though that is a chance that the Potters must take.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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