Heinz Lindner is the best goalie in the Super League. At least that’s what the statistics say. Nobody prevented more goals this season than the Austrian. Or to quote the BaZ interview with the 31-year-old that appeared a week ago: “Someone who deals with football who sees that I’m playing a very good season.”
Don’t all see it that way. The sporting leadership, for example. From next summer, she will sign a long-standing Bundesliga goalie in Marwin Hitz (34). And Lindner? Has the two on his back again. The Austrian was destabilized a year ago because FCB wanted to sign Roman Bürki. Now another former Swiss national goalie is coming.
Abascal informs Lindner
None other than FCB coach Guillermo Abascal blurted out the transfer news. And in the FCB dressing room before the game against Lausanne. According to Blick information, some are said to have been irritated, others even shocked. Because Lindner is valued both as a player and as a person.
An appreciation that the 31-year-old doesn’t get from the bosses. On the contrary. After the failed deal with Bürki, rumors about ex-Liverpool goalie Loris Karius arose shortly afterwards. The club has never denied this.
“It’s not pleasant”
It’s clear that Lindner isn’t doing a handstand for joy. When the first rumors about Hitz came up a week ago, he said in an interview with the “BaZ”: “It’s not particularly pleasant to hear from other goalies, I’ll tell you that honestly. Especially when you give your all week after week. But such speculation is part of football. I have to be able to handle that as a professional, otherwise you can’t survive in this business. I’m not too worried. When the rumors started circulating last summer, I delivered my answer on the pitch. The club supported me back then and said that I was number 1. Nothing has changed in my performance since then.”
Lindner has a contract until 2023
The only thing that has changed is that FCB will sign a Bundesliga goalie in Hitz. And that Lindner will think about his future. The national goalkeeper still has a contract with FCB until June 2023. One as number 2. When the Austrian came to Joggeli in the summer two years ago, he was initially just a substitute behind Djordje Nikolic. When this failed, Lindner took his chance. And has statistically become the best goalie in the Super League this season.