Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka has told the German media he isn’t concerned about comparisons with Leeds United’s Felix Wiedwald. The Czech international this summer replaced Wiedwald at the German club, and ever since there’s been doubts about the switch.

Speaking to Bild, Pavlenka was asked if he thinks he’s a better goalkeeper than Leeds United’s new signing: “I haven’t been concerned about Felix Wiedwald and I can’t judge him.”

Pavlenka has had a shaky start to his career with Werder Bremen, and has received criticism for his performances during preseason, most notably from club legend Tim Wiese.

Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri has so far defended his new signing, and last week told the German press signing the Czech has made them stronger in the goalkeeping department.


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Wiedwald recently signed for Leeds United on a three year deal after it became apparent he had no future at Werder Bremen. It was well documented Nouri was bringing in Pavlenka from Slavia Prague to replace Wiedwald, despite the 27 year old being Werder Bremen’s No.1 last season.

It’s been suggested in the German press the Leeds United player was forced out of the club by Nouri, and subsequently pushed towards the Championship side.