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Arne Maier:
'I felt I had to say something'

By Laura Brandt

Hertha BSC midfielder Arne Maier has reflected on his decision to openly reveal that he wanted to depart the German capital club in January.

Arne Maier (right).
Arne Maier (right).Photo: Football.ua/CC-by-SA 3.0

Arne Maier has explained why he chose to publicly voice his desire to leave Hertha BSC in January.

The midfielder directly said he wanted to depart Hertha as he was dissatisfied with his lack of first-team action, but he ultimately ended up staying at the club after a conversation with the Hertha bosses.

"The transfer period can be a little heated. I spoke my mind internally and externally, because I felt I was treading water at the time. But in the end, there was a clarifying conversation to settle it all," Maier told Kicker and continued:

"I felt I had to say something. The important thing was that at the end there was a very good conversation with everybody involved.

"I told them how I think and that I would have liked to play more when I was fit again towards the end of the first half of the season," he said.

Maier, who has started Hertha's last two games, admits he will handle it differently if he finds himself in a similar situation in the future.

"It was the first time I was in such a situation. Of course you learn something. Next time, my opinion will be kept internal," he said.

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