By Stephen Coutts
“It’s not always the money that decides.” – Jakub Błaszczykowski rejects offer from Manchester City.
As a Schalke 04 fan, the news filtering through of Jakub Błaszczykowski leaving our main rivals Borussia Dortmund for Fiorentina on a season long loan should be something to smirk, laugh or jest about.
But ‘Kuba’ is a classy guy. Kuba is a player who deserves recognition and applause from every supporter, no matter which side of the divide, for his now almost obsolete professional attitude.
In a time where players are crying about not owning the top of the range car or that expensive watch – Kuba is a cut above.
Kuba is a man that deserves every football fans’ respect. Kuba is a team member that has played almost everywhere for BVB apart from between the sticks – and he makes no bones about it.
This humble Pole suffered some personal tragedies on his road to greatness at Dortmund and points to the heavens when he scores, dedicating his efforts to family members.
Since joining BVB in 2007, the Polish international has been an integral cog in the yellow-black machine for the past eight seasons.
Although not setting the heather alight during his early years, he did his part to bag some impressive silverware with the German giants:
Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12; Runner-up: 2012–13, 2013–14
DFB-Pokal: 2011–12; Runner-up: 2007–08, 2013–14, 2014–15
DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014; Runner-up: 2011, 2012
UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2012–13
And having suffered an injury in pre-season, he has not featured for BVB, although with the double-whammy of the Euros just around the corner, and not being in new gaffer Thomas Tuchel’s plans, the writing was on the wall.
Also gone from BVB is another captain-esque figure in Kevin Großkreutz to Galatasaray, while in other Bundesliga shocks, Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 have offloaded defender Dante and winger Julian Draxler, once allegedly courted by every European giant, to Vfl Wolfsburg, both for undisclosed fees, but apparently on the back of Kevin De Bruyne’s £55m move to Man City.
Fiorentina also apparently have the option to buy the 29-year-old Pole if the loan proves to be successful.
But no matter what path Kuba’s career takes, BVB will lose an inspirational figure not only in the dressing room, but on the field too.
[Stephen Coutts is a footballer and sportswriter based in Glasgow, Scotland. His blog, The Dirty Tackle, is a wonderful supporter of Oceania football and well worth checking out! He’s a Laziale but we try not to hold that against him…]
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