On Saturday (27.06.20), the Blue-and-Whites 2019/20 Bundesliga season will end when they take on Borussia Mönchengladbach away at 15:30 CEST. At the same time, when every door closes another one opens. In the past couple of weeks and months, Michael Preetz and others responsible have had many discussions about the direction for the club to take in the upcoming season, weighed up options and have ultimately made decisions. What this means in practice is that in addition to the already publicised departure of Per Skjelbred, who is returning home to Norway, goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, Salomon Kalou and Alexander Esswein will also be leaving the club, along with loan signings Marko Grujic and Marius Wolf, who will return to their parent clubs of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
“There are a number of players whose contracts will expire at the end of the season. As is well-known already, Per Skjelbred will be departing the club to go back to Norway and to Rosenborg. We know that Salomon Kalou’s contract is expiring, and we don’t intend to extend it. We hope to see him again at the weekend and say our goodbyes to him – it’s as much as he deserves,” Preetz commented, regarding the departures of two long-time Hertha players, at the press conference on Thursday afternoon (25.06.20). “Thomas Kraft’s contract is also expiring, and he’s ending his career also. Thomas is our longest-serving player for Hertha BSC and will therefore be playing at the weekend. Alexander Esswein’s contract won’t be extended either. In Marko Grujic and Marius Wolf, we have two loan players whose contracts end on 30th June, so their time at the club will end as well,” said the sporting director, before Preetz paid tribute to the players. “We would like to thank all six players for their efforts and their performances in a Blue-and-White shirt!”