Domi Kumbela is set to leave Eintracht Braunschweig following their relegation from the Bundesliga.
The 30-year-old striker, who was the club's top goalscorer last season with nine goals, has decided to leave the club even though his contract doesn't expire until 2016.
However, it does state in his contract that he would be able to leave the club if they weren't playing in the top flight.
According to the Bundesliga website, the club were holding talks to try and persuade Kumbela to stay however, he said he wants to "seek out a new challenge". The club's sporting director, Marc Arnold, is disappointed that he was unable to convince him to stay.
“Despite some promising conversations, we were not able to reach an agreement with Domi Kumbela on a continued cooperation,” explained the sporting director.
“We were very interested in extending his deal in a different capacity, but our expectations for the contract were too far apart.”
Although he didn't get into double figures in the most recent league campaign, Kumbela has been a very strong player for Braunschweig having scored 64 goals and provided 19 assists during the two stints he has spent at the club. In the 2012-13 season, Kumbela was the top goalscorer in Bundesliga 2.
After announcing he would be leaving the club, the Congolese striker went on to thank the fans of the Lower Saxony club.
“I want say a special thank you to those in charge at Eintracht, the entire club as well as the fans for your unconditional support throughout the past couple of years." He said.
"It was a wonderful and successful time, which I will remember fondly. However, before the end of my career I’d like to once again seek out a new challenge."
This is the second player that Braunschweig have lost following their relegation after Ermin Bicakcic completed his move to Hoffenheim just over a week ago. The Bosnia and Herzegovina International left the club after making 72 appearances and scoring five goals. The defender was also part of their winning team who achieved promotion in 2013.
Unfortunately this season has been very bitter for the Lions have won just six games all season and finishing rock bottom of the Bundesliga with 25 points.
Joining them in the second tier next year will be FC Nürnberg. Hamburg who finished 16th however will remain in the top division after they won their relegation play off against Greuther Furth. The only side to have not been relegated from the Bundesliga came through thanks to a 1-1 draw in their second leg which followed the first goalless encounter at the Imtech Arena giving them the victory on away goals. Even though they reached safety, it was a very poor season for the Red Shorts.
With two of their key name players leaving so soon after the season has ended, there could be a few more casualties to come in this summer window. Yet their early exits will give coach, Torsten Lieberknecht, more time to re-build the squad and prepare for their campaign in Bundesliga 2 where hopefully they can bounce back.
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