Eintracht Frankfurt's most important piece of lingering business might be wrapped up soon if his friend and mentor is to be believed.
|Daichi Kamada.||Photo: Silesia711, CC-by-SA 4.0|
“Daichi will sign,” Hasebe told the FAZ, “He didn’t play all that consistently last season. He must play consistently for a full year before thinking about his future. I imagine he will sign very soon.”
The FAZ documents the special relationship the veteran Hasebe is said to have with his younger colleague. The 36-year-old took the shier youngster under his wing when he first arrived at the club, and has been urging him to re-up. Hasebe notes that he treats his valued protégé with a respectful, big-brotherly candor.
While others may shower him with praise, the Bundesliga’s record-holder for appearances by an Asian player revealed that he’s not afraid to keep a friend in check. “I’m harder on him. When he threatens to become too arrogant, I bring him back him back down. It would be best for his development [to stay]”
The article also quotes Hasebe as emphasizing Kamada feels comfortable in Frankfurt alongside his wife and child. “I think he stays,” concluded his mentor.