Transfer talk

Wolfsburg chairman happy with deals

January 13, 2012

Wolfsburg chairman Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz has given his club's coach Felix Magath his full backing with his transfer dealings this winter, saying he was consulted on every move made in the market.

Magath has remained true to his trader reputation by signing no fewer than ten new players this winter, swelling the club's squad 40.

His dealings have drawn further criticism following a largely disappointing first half of the season, but Dr Sanz insists Magath has not been given a free rein to do what he likes but instead the pair fully consider every potential move.

"Every transfer Wolfsburg makes is discussed in depth between Mr Magath and myself,'' he said in the club's own magazine Unter Wolfen. "Thankfully, he does not do anything alone, not even the analysis of the first half of the season which we did together intensively, and very early on.

"That is why we had new players already in place when we returned to training. There was no hesitation - we knew precisely which players we wanted and how we would get them.''

That is why Sanz is optimistic about the second half of the season. He feels Magath is slowly getting the squad he wants, and he is therefore hoping for a long, successful future together.

"My aim is to bring a deal of sustainability to the club with Felix Magath,'' added Sanz. "We can achieve that by building on a young team of players who identify with the club. This way, we can continue to push forwards a successful breakthrough.

"Felix Magath has signed young players for reasonable fees. To claim that Magath is just throwing away the money of Volkswagen (Wolfsburg's largest financial backer) is unfounded and is unfair. The club receives a budget from the company (VW) and it must move within this framework.''

Wolfsburg announced their 10th new arrival of the winter with Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez on Friday signing a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The 19-year-old arrives for an undisclosed fee from Swiss side Zurich, where he had caught the eye in their Champions League qualifiers and Europa League matches.

"Ricardo has a great talent,'' said Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath. "He has become a great player in the Zurich side, he played his part in European competitions and he has even recently been called up to the national team.

"He is a player of international level, which means he has a lot of quality. This quality now needs stabilising and developed further and if that is achieved, then I am convinced that he can become one of the foundations of our team.''

Rodriguez has already linked up with his new team-mates in their training camp in Dubai in preparation for the second half of the season. And he is looking forward to making his debut after being made to feel so wanted.

"When a club and a manager try so hard to get you, then that is a clear sign that they really plan with you and that was important for me as I take this big step into the Bundesliga,'' he said.

Rodriguez made his senior Switzerland debut last October having come through the ranks with the Under-17s and the Under-19s.