Manager Michael Preetz of Hertha BSC has praised the club’s own youth work. He is not afraid of comparisons with FC Bayern, which opened a new youth centre only a year ago.
“If a twelve-year-old wants to switch to Bavaria, I ask him where the chance of becoming a professional is greater,” Preetz told SportBild. “Our permeability is a very strong argument. And in the quality of the training we don’t have to hide behind Bavaria – nor behind any other Bundesliga team.” In the past season the Hertha became German A-youth champion.
A year ago, FC Bayern signed three players from Hertha’s youth section. Nemanja Motika (14), Nikola Motika (13) and Torben Rhein (14) moved to Munich for around 200,000 euros.
“It’s all shifted. Interest used to start at the age of 16, 17. Now we are talking about eleven- and twelve-year-olds who are being approached by competitors,” said Preetz. Especially FC Bayern and RB Leipzig are said to be aggressive on the youth player transfer market.