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Zakaria speaks on transfer dealings: "Unfortunately, not everyone saw it that way."

By Peter Vice

In an interview with the Swiss daily "Blick", Gladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria spoke on his sudden about-face when it came to a potential transfer this summer.

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In one of the more peculiar developments late in the summer transfer window, Denis Zakaria's seemingly ironclad move away from Borussia Mönchengladbach was quickly laid on ice merely one day after a transfer seemed a done deal.

Now the 24-year-old Swiss midfielder finds himself in the same position as teammate and German national team defender Matthias Ginter. Many Bundesliga watchers remain openly curious as to whether he will extend or be sold in the January window.

On duty with his national team, Zakaria admitted that he didn't know what his future might look like in an interview with Swiss daily "Blick."

"At the moment, I'm in Gladbach and having fun," he said, "Whether or not I'll leave the club is not something that can be decided today."

Troubling times have seen Zakaria fight to return from a nasty cartilage injury, a COVID infection, and a lack of playing time for his national team.

The BMG veteran of five seasons admitted his frustration with competition for a starting place for both club and country during the interview.

"The European Championship was personally a big disappointment," he conceded, "I did my best to get into [the XI] when I had the chance."

"Stay or go, I had the feeling that some people would have liked it if I had brought some money back to the club," he said when asked about the transfer dealings that fell through this summer, "Unfortunately, not everyone saw it that way."

"I had a name that carried with it some caché on the market," he continued, "but now I've been thrown into a setback. I've realized now more than ever that you don't get anything for free."

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