Sport Hertha extends Pekarik: Slovakians now the longest-serving professional
Hertha’s personnel problems are growing
Hertha BSC’s personnel problems have worsened before the season finale in the Bundesliga. Right-back Peter Pekarik suffered a thigh injury in Saturday's 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. The Slovakian had to be replaced shortly after the start of the second half. © Photo: Michael Sohn / AP / POOL / dpa Peter Pekarik (r) from Berlin in action against Leverkusen's Leon Bailey.
defensive veteran Peter Pekarik goes into his ninth season with Hertha BSC. The Slovakian international renewed his expiring contract with the Berlin Bundesliga club again. The capital city club announced on Tuesday, but made no statements about the term of the new contract.
right-back Pekarik has been with Hertha since 2012, making him the longest-serving professional in Berlin. «I have been in Berlin for eight years now and I am happy that I will continue to be Herthan. The club and the city have become my second home, »the 33-year-old is quoted in a message from the club.
«Peka is an absolute flagship professional and has been part of Hertha BSC for many years. Last but not least, he showed his qualities and reliability in the games under Bruno Labbadia, »said Hertha manager Michael Preetz. Only after the restart after the Corona break under coach Labbadia did Pekarik, who played a total of 166 competitive games for Hertha, move back into the first team.
Captain Vedad Ibisevic's sporting future remains open. The Bosnian contract also expired at the end of the season. The club says it is in talks with the 35-year-old striker.
Völler hopes for Labbadia: "I have known Bruno long enough for that ..." .
It must be running optimally next Saturday so that Bayer 04 can still reach fourth place after the 0-2 defeat at Hertha BSC and thus the Champions League. Leverkusen's managing director Rudi Völler knows this, but he hopes of course for an ex-Werkself coach Bruno Labbadia. © Getty Images Wants to keep the tension high: Leverkusen's managing director Rudi Völler. They had not missed this feeling. "We have lost our first away game since February.