Philipp Hofmann considers leaving Karlsruhe and denies Bochum signing: ‘It looks like I’m leaving KSC’

It is certainty. Philipp Hofmann will leave Karlsruher SC this summer, the striker confirmed in an interview with ka-news.de on Wednesday. However, the striker has denied having agreed an agreement with VfL Bochum yet. Its destination will be specified in the coming weeks. At KSC, meanwhile, they are preparing for a future without the top scorer of recent years.

After a free Tuesday, Karlsruher SC started on Wednesday morning with preparations for the top game in the second division on Saturday evening at Hamburger SV. After a unit in the weight room, trainer Christian Eichner asked his team to join the training ground.

Season off for Gersbeck

After another unit of power and sprint, the ten-on-ten-plus-two match went to work. At the same time, Markus Miller underwent goalkeeping training with the goalkeepers. The regular number one, Marius Gersbeck, was not there.

Goalkeeper Marius Gersbeck (KSC 35, left) with goalkeeper Markus Kuster (KSC 1). | Image: Carmele/TMC Photography

As announced by KSC on Wednesday, the goalkeeper will undergo surgery on his injured hand on Thursday. It’s the end of the season for him. Markus Kuster will likely replace him for the remaining matches.

While everything is going well in the team, the question of the future of top scorer Philipp Hofmann hangs over the construction site of the animal park. As a reminder, Hofmann’s contract expires at the end of the season so he is expected to switch to a free transfer. On Monday evening, the ‘Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ)’ reported that Hofmann had signed a two-year contract with VfL Bochum. There has been no confirmation from those involved.

These are probably still not there two days later. Neither at KSC nor at VfL Bochum has the departure been officially confirmed. “It only affects us indirectly, I can’t say anything about that myself,” KSC sporting director Oliver Kreuzer told ka-news.de during Wednesday’s training session.

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