- Lizarazu predicts success for Dembele
- Sane drops in at Schalke
- Gomez scores in Wolfsburg friendly
Bundesliga Daily keeps you right up to date with all the important events concerning the 18 Bundesliga clubs. Here's all you need to know from 2 September...
Dembele will 'explode' at Dortmund, says Lizarazu
Former FC Bayern Munchen favourite Bixente Lizarazu feels that Borussia Dortmund have a potential star-in-the-making in the shape of Ousmane Dembele, who made his full France debut on Thursday night against Italy. The 19-year-old moved to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK from Rennes in the summer, and Lizarazu is adamant his fellow Frenchman will find his feet soon.
"It is always dangerous to throw players in so young, you must be very careful about that," Lizarazu says. "But you also have to shoot from the cuff sometimes. Dembele seems to be a rough diamond to polish, and that will take time. However, he made a good choice moving to Germany. Young players thrive at Dortmund. It was the perfect club for him. He will explode having moved there."
Dembele (below) on Instagram: "Very happy with my first call-up"
Sane back in town
He's back already! Leroy Sane received a warm welcome when he dropped in at FC Schalke 04 to see his old friends a month after his move to Manchester City in the English Premier League.
Gomez off the mark
Mario Gomez made a good start to life with VfL Wolfsburg, scoring in a 1-0 friendly victory against SG Dynamo Dresden. The striker, who recently joined the Wolves after three years away from the Bundesliga, headed home a cross from Marcel Schäfer after 25 minutes, and will be looking to get in among the goals when league action resumes against 1.FC Koln on 10 September.
New Ingolstadt deal for Leckie
FC Ingolstadt 04 forward Mathew Leckie has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Bavarian club until 2019. The 25-year-old Australian international striker joined Die Schanzer in 2014, and played all 90 minutes when his side were held 1-1 by Hamburger SV in last Saturday’s season-opener at the Volksparkstadion.
Communication will be key, says Stambouli
French midfielder Benjamin Stambouli is determined to learn the language to help fit in at FC Schalke 04, following his loan move from Paris Saint-Germain in late August. "I think it is important to communicate a lot with my teammates. It’s part of my character to be outgoing and positive," he told the official Schalke website. "I studied German at school but that obviously isn't enough. Communication on the pitch is essential, so I'll complete my language course as quickly as possible; I definitely want to learn German."
Dominguez set for long lay-off
Borussia Mönchengladbach will be without the services of defender Alvaro Dominguez for around another seven months. A back injury has sidelined the Spanish centre-back since November 2015, and further surgery now means that the 27-year-old could miss the majority of the 2016/17 season.