According to acting sporting director Arne Friedrich Matteo Guendouzi has played his last game in a Hertha BSC trikot.
|Matteo Guendouzi.||Photo: Fars News Agency, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a metatarsal fracture on Friday, it's now confirmed that Matteo Guendouzi will no longer suit up for Germany's "alte Dame". This was confirmed by acting sporting director Arne Friedrich at a Saturday presser ahead of his club's Sunday duel with Arminia Bielefeld.
The young Frenchmen had more than his fair share of difficulties during his stay in the Bundesrepublik, but some of his maturity issues ultimately didn't overshadow his raw talent. Hertha trainer Pal Dardai continued to use him as a vital midfield driver during the latter stages of the season.
The 22-year-old finished the season with a very respectable 24 appearances, in which he scored two goals and bagged three assists. Friedrich had praise for the youngsters contributions, but let the reality of his future slip at the presser.
"He has led the lads, played very good games, and given everything for the club," Friedrich noted, "but the fact is just that he doesn't belong to Hertha and will be headed back."
Guendouzi will need a lengthy rehabilitation process before returning to action with parent club Arsenal FC at the Emirates. He's made 57 appearances in parts of three seasons with the Gunners.