Minutes after his team’s first victory this season, the Wolfsburg coach Niko Kovac confirmed that star midfielder Max Kruse’s days at the club are over.
Celebrating his first Bundesliga win since arriving Wolfsburg in the summer with a 1-0 win over former club Frankfurt, Kovac said Kruse’s lack of commitment was the major factor.
“He won’t play another game for us,” Kovac said at the post-match press conference.
Kruse, who played a crucial role in helping Wolfsburg avoid relegation after being transferred mid-season from Union Berlinwas dropped from the squad on Saturday.
“We have decided that Max is unable to help us in this situation,” Kovac said.
“We demand 100% identification and focus from every player, with the focus on Wolfsburg.
“We didn’t have that feeling with Max. That’s why he wasn’t there and won’t be there in the future either.”
When asked if Kruse played his last game in the greens and whites of Wolfsburg, Kovac simply replied ‘yes’.
Kruse, who scored four goals in 14 appearances for Germany, is a cult figure in German football.
Despite scoring 162 goals and 133 assists in 553 career games, Kruse has often been criticized for his lack of application and propensity for off-field controversy.
Kruse played for six different clubs in Germany, as well as a brief stint with Super Lig side Fenerbahce, where he sang a Dean Martin song on the Turkish version of “The Voice”.
Kruse was previously fined by Wolfsburg during a previous stint with the club in 2015 after leaving €75,000 in poker winnings in a taxi in Berlin.