“I decide when my time in the Bundesliga is over.”

To the surprise of no one, Max Kruse responded quickly to his situation on his social media feed late Sunday.

Wolfsburg managing director Jörg Schmadtke waffled a bit when asked how the club planned to handle their expensive piece of dead-weight.

“I think everyone who knows me knows that I’ve always given everything for the club I’ve played for,” Kruse continued, “not only at VfL Wolfsburg, but everywhere I’ve played professional football over the last twelve years.”

“I think I’ll decide for myself when my time in the Bundesliga is over,” the 34-year-old concluded, “No one else decides that for me.”

Schmadtke didn’t really have clear answers as to what the club planned to do with Kruse. The 58-year-old executive said that the club would “sort it out, but not on the marketplace”. Presumably, this meant that a transfer during the coming winter was out of the question. Schmadtke nevertheless didn’t rule it out, speaking of “bilateral discussions” on what the player wanted.

“He’s not robbing us blind,” Schmadtke said when the topic of Kruse’s paycheck came up, “Max helped us avoid relegation last year during the second half of the season with his [7] goals and [2] assists. Now we’ve made a decision that is important to us from a long-term perspective.”

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