- Weigl wants to improve his passing skills.
- Boateng keen on the German captaincy.
- Leipzig eye new defender.
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 21 August...
Pass-master Weigl wants lethal edge
With over 90 per cent of his passes finding their man, there is not much Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl is getting wrong when he is in possession. Nevertheless, the Germany international is not entirely satisfied and he would like to see more of those passes making even more of a difference. "I want to become more dangerous," he told Kicker.de. "I want more of my passes to lead to goals or to assists."
He plans to achieve that by building on the confidence gained from his first full season of Bundesliga action, which was crowned by a call-up to Germany's UEFA EURO 2016 squad. "I'm going to look for the killer pass more often," he said. "That is what I'm working on."
Leipzig's centre-back hunt
RB Leipzig's preparations for their first ever Bundesliga season are not going entirely according to plan, according to their sporting director Ralf Rangnick. He has spent the past few weeks and even months trying to draft in a new central defender, but until one arrives, coach Ralph Hasenhüttl is having to improvise.
Midfielder Stefan Ilsanker is currently deputising, although Rangnick thinks that is "not his best position", which is why he has sounded out sister club RB Salzburg for Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger. Only convincing him to leave UEFA Champions League football behind and move to the Bundesliga is proving more challenging that Rangnick had hoped. "He keeps changing his mind," said Rangnick, who may try to convince Hinteregger that Leipzig will be able to offer him European football next season.
Boateng eyes armband
The Germany captaincy is still available, with coach Joachim Löw expected to announce next week whom he has chosen to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger. FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng is one of the candidates, and he has reaffirmed what it would mean to him to be the chosen one in an interview on Bavarian radio.
"It would definitely be a statement and something special, something new for society," he said. "For me it's important because I know how where I came from. I didn't always have the best of experiences in school, for example, so that is why I am so keen."