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Waldschmidt targets national team return after Wolfsburg switch

By Rune Gjerulff

Luca Waldschmidt is determined to fight his way back into the German national team after his move back to the Bundesliga.

Luca Waldschmidt.
Luca Waldschmidt.Photo: VfL Wolfsburg

Luca Waldschmidt has explained his reasons for making the switch from SL Benfica to VfL Wolfsburg during the summer transfer window.

After a year in Portugal, the 25-year-old is back in Germany, and he intends to earn a place back in the national team under new coach Hansi Flick.

"I really wanted to return to the Bundesliga, to this platform. Of course, it wasn't that easy in Portugal, being in a new country, away from family and friends. Corona made it even more difficult. I couldn't really get to know the beautiful city," Waldschmidt told Kicker and added:

"We traveled a lot with Benfica and played several games almost every week from August to February without a winter break. It was all about playing, regenerating and traveling.

"Another argument for returning to Germany was to be in the spotlight a bit more again. It's my goal to get back to the national team. Everyone who has done so wants to do it again. The last contact was with 'Jogi' Löw, when he told me that I wouldn't be going to the Euros."

The former Freiburg striker made seven appearances for Germany under former coach Joachim Löw, scoring twice.

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