Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Heribert Bruchhagen has expressed his anger and disbelief over the news that club captain Pirmin Schwegler has completed his move to Bundesliga rivals TSG Hoffenheim, according to German sources.
The Swiss International, who joined Frankfurt from Bayer Leverkusen in 2009 for £500,000, has featured 22 times in every competition for the Eagles this season has joined the Baden-Wurttemberg outfit on a three year deal.
Schwegler, who won over 150 caps for Frankfurt during his five year spell at the Hessen based club has been in inspirational form this season, prompting the Blue and Whites to sign the Swiss International for £2million.
Although the 27-year-old has been ruled out for the majority of the season with a catalogue of recurring head and rib injuries, his brave performances have helped his team to secure 13th place in the Bundesliga.
Although it has long been thought that Schwegler has been keen on a move away from the Commerzbank Arena outfit, the club’s hierarchy are upset in the way that the former Young Boys midfielder has forced through a move to Hoffenheim. It is understood that the player did not discuss a potential move to Hoffenheim, with Bruchhagen expressing that the 2014 World Cup hopeful should have shown his former employers a little more respect.
He said: “There had been no personal contact with me or Bruno Hubner. I am not too fussed about contact but he should have at least discussed his move with Bruno. It is something that he expects from all our players.”
Bruchhagen who is currently debating whether the club should strengthen prior to the upcoming Bundesliga season wished that Schwegler, a fan favourite, would have prolonged his stay with the Eagles.
He said: “I am surprised that he decided to leave us for Hoffenheim. It’s a move which has startled me.”
Schwegler, who currently has one eye on representing Switzerland during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is understood to have jumped on the opportunity to switch to Hoffenheim, who themselves are undergoing a transition period after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.
His agent, Jurg von Matt said: “He has opted to become part of Hoffenheim’s new project. He wants to have a new experience.”
Bruchhagen who has seen his team compete in the Europa League for the first time in eight years believes that Schwegler would have had a greater impact this season if it wasn’t for a string of injuries which kept the Ettiswil born sweeper on the side-lines for an extended amount of time.
He said: “He found it tough at times this season, but I was convinced that he could have found his old form playing with us next season.”
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