Frankfurt's Stefan Reinartz is preparing to face his former club Bayer Leverkusen for the first time in 17 years. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Frankfurt's Stefan Reinartz is preparing to face his former club Bayer Leverkusen for the first time in 17 years. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Reinartz: 'Moving to Eintracht was a step forwards'

Stefan Reinartz can be defined both as loyal and educated. The 16 years he spent with Bayer 04 Leverkusen vouch for the former, while a psychology distance-study course confirms the latter.

Prior to the start of the current campaign, however, Reinartz felt it was time for a change. He told bundesliga.com in an exclusive interview what the reasons were behind his switch to Eintracht Frankfurt, why the Eagles are currently involved in a turbulent flight and his feelings going into the first-ever meeting with his former club this weekend.

bundesliga.com: Stefan Reinartz, when Eintracht entertain Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday, it will be your first time in opposition to your former team-mates. Does that bring the football romantic out in you?

Stefan Reinartz: It does a bit, yes. I spent a very, very long time in Leverkusen and Saturday will be the first time in 17 years that I'll face off against them. The last time was when I was a kid, and we got a right hammering - 10-0 when I was playing for Bergisch Gladbach (smiles). This is the first time I'll come up against them as a professional.

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