Sunday, October 1, 2023

Excluded from the Champions League but will soon return: what season for Thomas Meunier in Dortmund?

From an undisputed starter at the beginning of his German adventure, Meunier became a surplus player who was asked to look for a new club. “If the situation remains similar and nothing is fixed, we will have to have a good discussion,” he told us in mid-July, when he still had hopes of finding a way out. “We are in a special contractual situation and at this moment an exit would be in everyone’s interest.”

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Except the 32-year-old right-back suffered a serious hamstring injury which destroyed his transfer chances. At least for the moment. If certain rumors spoke of a possible termination of his contract before it ends (June 2024), this will not finally be the case, according to our information. Thomas Meunier will therefore have to wait until January to leave.

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At that time, the Red Devil will be six months away from ending his contract. Which means he will be able to negotiate freely with any club with a view to signing in the summer of 2024. Except Meunier probably won’t want to remain stuck in this situation at Dortmund. No club will agree to pay his transfer fee when he is free a few months later, but he will be able to leave on loan. And that is what he will do if he wants to have the opportunity to participate in Euro 2024.

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In the meantime, the Saint-Ode native will have to settle for a few crumbs. If all goes as planned, he will resume group sessions next week and could be eligible again. Only in the League, in the Cup or with the B team. And there is no doubt that he will take advantage of the slightest possibility of playing, with this prospect of departure in January and, above all, this hope of the Euro Cup in June.

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