Both Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Markus Krösche and defender Martin Hinteregger were questioned about the Filip Kostic matter during the team's 1-1 draw with Bielefeld on Saturday.
|Markus Krösche.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche|
"Filip is a truly good lad," Krösche emphasized before kickoff, "Sometimes people make mistakes. I don't know what motivated him to act in this way, but it's definitely the wrong way."
An editorial appearing on the online pages of Germany's preeminent footballing publication this morning called for Krösche to refuse a transfer for Kostic, even going so far as to bench him for the remainder of the "Hin-runde". Kostic's actions at this point in the transfer window place his club in a bad negotiating position.
Krösche stressed that there was "no price tag at all" for Kostic, suggesting that he entertained no thoughts of completing a transfer with Lazio. The man wearing the captain's armband on Saturday chided his interviewer for bringing up the topic.
"Filip is an exceptional player who has given us so much," Martin Hinteregger said after the match, "Don't blow this out of proportion. Don't get bent out of shape. [Reintegrating him into the team] would be the smallest of small problems."