Sven Mislintat has had his say on the rumours linking him with a move to Borussia Dortmund. Speaking on Saturday, the 48 year old refused rule anything out, but denied claims that he has been in contact with the BVB bosses regarding a return to the club.
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly considering Mislintat to become the club’s next sporting director with Michael Zorc set to retire in 2022. Ruhr Nachrichten claim that Hans-Joachim Watzke is set to meet with the VfB Stuttgart sporting director in March in order to hold discussions.
“Of course, I have also heard that my mentor and for me one of the most outstanding sporting directors is stepping down in 2022,” Mislintat said. “That the rumours are going around is in the nature of things, but until then there are still many months and we still have a lot to do.”
Mislintat added on Sunday, “There is no fixed date (for the rumoured meeting with Hans-Joachim Watzke) and no talks have been held yet. I am a native of Dortmund. That means if there is an interest there, then it’s not something that leaves me cold, rather I am happy about the appreciation.”
“I didn’t say: if Dortmund comes, I’ll go. I also care a lot about VfB, this team, this city, this group. Even if Dortmund came, they’d have to have a damn good case first.”
Mislintat has two and a half years left on his current contract with Stuttgart, but RN add that there is a release clause in his contract which would allow him to leave at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Hans-Joachim Watzke said last month that Borussia Dortmund want to make a decision on who will succeed Michael Zorc as the next sporting director in the first half of this year. Sebastian Kehl has long been thought of as the front-runner for the job, having worked closely with Zorc since 2018.
RN also add that the BVB bosses are also considering the idea of Sven Mislintat and Sebastian Kehl working together, as they feel that the duo would compliment each other well.
Mislintat previously spent several years working as a scout and chief scout for Borussia Dortmund before leaving the club in 2017. He is regarded as one of the best talent spotters in all of Germany, and has done an excellent job since taking over at Stuttgart in 2019.