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Bobic reveals that Hertha will not extend with current captain Plattenhardt

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

Hertha BSC find themselves in need of a new squad captain, at the very latest at the end of the season.

On Thursday, chief personnel boss Fredi Bobic revealed that Marvin Plattenhardt's expiring contract will not be extended.
Marvin Plattenhardt.
Marvin Plattenhardt.Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0
Hertha BSC skipper Marvin Plattenhardt's expiring contract will not be renewed at the end of the season. This news was confirmed on Thursday afternoon by Hertha BSC sporting CEO Fredi Bobic when speaking to Germany's "Sport Bild" tabloid. The 30-year-old shall depart that capital city after nine seasons in Charlottenburg.

Plattenhardt was named squad captain this past summer by incoming trainer Sandro Schwarz following the departure of previous skipper Dedryck Boyata. The long-time club man played a crucial role in helping his team avoid relegation during the playoff rounds after the end of last season.

In the final analysis, however, it appears as if Bobic and the front office staff considered Plattenhardt's persistent struggles with abductor problems too risky to merit further commitment. Speaking to the German tabloid, Bobic unequivocally stated that the player and his representatives had been informed of the decision.

It shall prove interesting to see if Schwarz continues to allow Plattenhardt to wear the armband during what shapes up to be a tough relegation fight. Other candidates to lead the team, league watchers have noted, include French midfielder Lucas Tousart and veteran defender Marc Oliver Kempf.

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