For Nico Schlotterbeck, it wasn’t the financial aspect that tipped the scales when he switched from SC Freiburg to Borussia Dortmund. Instead, other arguments would have convinced him to join BVB, as he reveals.

Salary irrelevant: For Nico Schlotterbeck the salary was not the decisive point for his move to Borussia Dortmund. “I could have earned more at other clubs,” he reveals in “Sport Bild”. FC Bayern had allegedly tried to snatch the 22-year-old from Westphalia – unsuccessfully.

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Attractive timetable: Schlotterbeck was impressed by the club, who “had a vision and showed me a clear plan. I’m in the mood for BVB!” And: “I want to continue the story there, collect titles.” Sports director Sebastian Kehl “made very good transfers”. Among others, the national players Niklas Süle and Karim Adeyemi, with whom Schlotterbeck has a good connection, come.

Career jump after loan: Looking back, the loan from Freiburg to Union Berlin in 2020/21 was “the most important step in my career so far,” says Schlotterbeck. After his return he became a national team player and his market value exploded from 7.5 million euros to 33 million euros. Then BVB snapped.