Werder Bremen goalkeeping coach Christian Vander has told the German media the club made the right the choice bringing in Jiri Pavlenka to replace Felix Wiedwald. Leeds United last month signed Wiedwald after it became apparent he would be replaced by Pavlenka as the German club’s No.1.
Speaking to Noz.de, Vander was asked if Werder Bremen were right to sell Wiedwald to Leeds United and bring in Pavlenka: “We have made the right decision. What I saw was convincing, Pavlas performed very well.”
Wiedwald recently signed for Leeds United on a three year deal, but there has been controversy in the German media with regards to his move to England. It’s been suggested the 27 year old was forced out of the Bundesliga side, after it became known Pavlenka would be the club’s first choice next season.
Subsequently Wiedwald asked to leave Werder Bremen to find regular first team football, and the player signed for Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. The German was Werder Bremen’s first choice keeper last season, and he’ll expect to be the same at Leeds United.
Pavlenka is under huge pressure to show he’s better than Wiedwald, and the Leeds United goalkeeper will certainly be motivated to prove Werder have made a mistake.