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Wolfsburg and Labbadia part company at the end of the season

By Rune Gjerulff

VfL Wolfsburg and head coach Bruno Labbadia will go separate ways in the summer.

Bruno Labbadia.
Bruno Labbadia.Photo: Frank Schwichtenberg, Wikimedia Commons, GFDL

VfL Wolfsburg and head coach Bruno Labbadia will part company when his contract runs out this summer, the club have announced.

"I have been thinking about the future in the past few weeks and have now come to the conclusion that I'm no longer available to VfL Wolfsburg from the summer," Labbadia told the club's website and added:

"Further cooperation would only be expedient and meaningful for VfL if there was a cosistent professional exchange between the sporting responsible through the entire season. Since there isn't a 100 percent match between our ideas, I have made this decision for me."

Labbadia was actually set to hold talks with Wolfsburg sporting director Jörg Schmadtke in April about a possible contract extension. Therefore, Schmadtke admits he's surprised that Labbadia has already made his decision.

"The timing of the decision of Bruno Labbadia surprised us, as we would have liked to have the open-ended talks planned by both sides with him. It's a shame that won't happen now, but we respect his decision," Schmadtke said.

The relationship between Labbadia and Schmadtke is said to be strained, and the latter of the two has openly said that their chemistry 'just isn't right'.

Labbadia took over as Wolfsburg coach in February 2018. 'Die Wölfe' are currently sitting seventh in the Bundesliga table.

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