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Compper joins Fiorentina after TSG spat

January 25, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld and ESPN staff

Hoffenheim general manager Andreas Muller has attacked former centre-back Marvin Compper in a press conference as the defender moved to Fiorentina.

Marvin Compper
EmpicsMarvin Compper's Hoffenheim career is over

Compper, who played over 150 times for Hoffenheim, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at the Stadio Artemio Franchi alongside Legia Warsaw midfielder Rafal Wolski. However, the 27-year-old was criticised by his former manager at TSG for leaving the German side.

He was demoted to the reserve team earlier in the week after he had reportedly told the club he could not motivate himself sufficiently for the rest of the season. Hoffenheim were criticised in the aftermath of the decision, with some papers drawing comparisons to the departure of Demba Ba a couple of years ago. The club’s fans also voiced their anger, with some claiming Compper had been “bullied” out of the team.

With Compper’s contract expiring at the end of the season he admitted it was not easy to fully concentrate on playing football and that his concerns were exaggerated by the club. “It is blatant nonsense to claim I am not up for a relegation fight,” he told Rhein-Neckar-Zeitungon on Thursday.

Muller, in response, defended his club later that day, insisting they are in the right before the defender left.

“It is not a farce, those are the facts,” Muller said. “I bail out of this. We are given the blame for things that are truthful. If somebody is not ready to give it his all and motivate himself in our struggle for survival, he no longer belongs here. We don’t need players who are not fully committed. Just ask the lads. They shake their heads in disbelief.

“I am sick of it all. I have been here for four months, but I have seen everything. To have balls and fight, that is what I want to see. That is what has to reach the outside.”

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim have announced the signing of Afriyie Acquah from Palermo. The midfielder, who was recently on loan at Parma, has signed a contract until 2017.

“Despite his young age, Afriyie Acquah has the class and above all the desire to help out TSG,” Andres Muller said.