In the space of 48 hours, Marius Wolf has made two trips to Berlin. On Saturday, the 24-year-old was preparing to face 1. FC Union Berlin with Dortmund. On Monday, he returned, only this time, he won’t be dashing off so soon, and this time, the he has come to the Blue side of the capital. Hertha BSC and Borussia Dortmund agreed on a one-year loan deal for the Coburg-born winger, who will be playing for the Old Lady in 2019/20. "Hertha showed great interest," he said. In an interview with herthabsc.de, he spoke about his transfer to the capital, his aims and his teammates, both old and new.
herthabsc.de: Marius, welcome to Hertha BSC. We’re sure it’s been an eventful few days for you. Why don’t you start by telling us about your weekend.
Wolf: On Saturday I flew to Berlin with the Dortmund squad and was on the bench for the game. On Sunday, my day off, I went to Munich to visit my family. I’d only just arrived there when my agent called me to tell me that the move to Hertha is looking good. Then I went back to Berlin on Sunday evening and now I’m very happy to be staying here longer (grins).
herthabsc.de: So it all went really quickly. What did you learn about the club in your talks with Michael Preetz and Ante Covic?
Wolf: There had been implications in the days before that the transfer would go ahead. The talks were a deciding factor for my move to Hertha. The club officials showed great interest in me and their football philosophy really appealed to me. Hertha is the capital city club and have a lot of potential. We have a good team and I’m excited to be part of that from now.
herthabsc.de: In one sentence, how would you describe yourself as a player?
Wolf: I’m an ambitious player who always puts the team first and gives 100 percent in every situation.
""Prince told me Hertha is an awesome club and Berlin is an awesome city. He advised me to take this opportunity.""
herthabsc.de: You are close friends with former Herthaner Kevin-Prince Boateng, having played together at Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018, where you won the DFB-Pokal. Did you have time to speak to him about the transfer?
Wolf: When the topic came up I spoke to him on the phone. Prince told me that Hertha is an awesome club and Berlin is an awesome city. He advised me to take this opportunity. I know two others from the team as well: I’m good friends with Pascal Köpke and I played in the Nürnberg youth with Niklas Stark. I never lost contact with them – in fact I’ve spoken to Pascal on the phone every week. It’s obviously nice that we’ll be playing together again.
herthabsc.de: The Olympiastadion appears to suit you, not just because you won the DFB-Pokal here, but some Hertha fans will also remember your wonderful here goal in December 2017, which won Frankfurt the game. How much are you looking forward to your new home ground?
Wolf: Obviously it is amazing for me to now be playing in the stadium where I enjoyed my greatest achievement to date every other weekend. I’m raring to go. I must admit though, I don’t know Berlin very well. I was only ever here for the games, but I am excited to live here.
herthabsc.de: The season hasn’t started quite so well for the capital city club. What did you make of Hertha’s first three games of the season? Do you know some of your new teammates already?
Wolf: I watched all the highlights. The results themselves were not so good, but you could see that the team had the right ideas. I think it’s completely normal that it takes a bit of time after a managerial change for everything to fall into place. It’s a work-in-progress and it’s far too early to pass any judgments yet. We need to keep working on these things and then the results will come.
herthabsc.de: The next matchday sees you and your new teammates travel to Mainz on the 14th September after the international break. What does the team need to do over the coming days?
Wolf: On Tuesday I will start training with the team and continue to do so for the rest of the week. For me, the first days are all about getting to know the team and getting a feel for everything, which includes taking the coach’s philosophy on board. I would like to be able to help the team out as soon as possible – in which position is up to the manager. We will be travelling to Mainz with the intention of taking our game to the opposition and fighting for the win. Regardless of your position in the table, as a footballer, you want to win every single game!