Transfers wrap-up: Ottl to Hertha, Altintop to Real

The three amigos who decided/were told they wouldn’t remain with the club have all found other teams that are happy to snap them up.

After Thomas Kraft’s move to Hertha Berlin, midfielder Andreas Ottl has joined him, signing a 3-year deal on a free transfer. Like Kraft, he will get a better shot at playing on a regular basis with a Bundesliga side.

My impression is that the two guys will provide Hertha with more defensive stability, perhaps helping them to remain in the first division. This is speculation, of course, but one can expect that the absence of “Bayern pressure” will make it much easier for them to perform, without chips on their shoulders.

Earlier this week, Hamit Altintop signed a 4-year deal with Real Madrid. It seems that Real has a newfound love for Bundesliga players. Since Altintop left because he could not start regularly with FCB, one can reasonably wonder if he will improve his situation by much in Madrid.

However, Jose Mourinho has used his German signings on a regular basis this season, as we have seen with Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira. Therefore, there is at least some hope that Real will give Altintop a clean shot at running around its pitch next season.

Whatever happens, best of luck to these players. They have not been superstars with FCB but they have contributed to the team every once in a while.