Benjamin Henrichs was out of sight after his departure from Leverkusen in the summer of 2018. Rumors of a move to Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig brought the 22-year-old back into the spotlight. In the current issue "kicker meets DAZN – football podcast" Henrichs talks about a possible return to the Bundesliga, his ambitions in the national team and his preference for central midfield.
If you think the media are reporting, a change from Benjamin Henrichs to RB Leipzig during the winter transfer period is just a matter of form. Accordingly, AS Monaco should have a concrete offer for the versatile 22-year-old from the top of the Bundesliga. There is a transfer fee of 20 million euros.
Henrichs himself stays true to the rumors in the "kicker meets DAZN – football podcast", saying just as much: "Leipzig plays really good football, you can see that the coach does a really good job – and the table speaks for itself. But of course I can't say more, if only out of respect for Monaco – but also for Leipzig. "
But Henrich's answer is clear when it comes to his general interest in returning to the Bundesliga: "Definitely." Above all, he follows his ex-club every step of the way: "I try to see every game, especially from Leverkusen, because there are still a lot of guys that I have played and that I have contact with."
Benjamin Henrichs: "I want to return to the national team"
From 2015 to 2018, Henrichs played for Bayer Leverkusen, where he consistently performed well for the German national team. In November 2016 he was nominated for the first time by national team coach Joachim Löw, in 2017 he was part of the squad that won the Confed Cup in Russia.
Since then he has not been part of the senior team, but he will definitely go back there and as soon as possible: "I will definitely go back to the national team, preferably with the next international match."
After good performances at the U21 European Championships last summer, Henrichs hopes for another chance at Löw. "We had contact after the European Championship final. He told me I had presented myself well." However, he had "never seen Löw in Monte Carlo at the stadium or in the casino so far," Henrichs says with a wink in the podcast.
"Strange" phase: Henrich's struggling with injuries
Henrichs does not currently have an easy time in France. Injuries slowed him down for long stretches of the season, a situation that is still unusual for him in his career. "It's very strange. The first injury wasn't very serious, but it was complicated. I had pain in my foot for a long time, couldn't shoot properly – and it all went on a lot," Henrichs says.
"And now there was a setback with my back pain again. It's not easy because I want to be on the track and give everything. But I have to go through it and give everything to get back on the track as quickly as possible."
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New role for Henrichs: from the outside to the center
When he played, Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim usually offered him at central midfield. From his time in Leverkusen or in the various selection teams of DFB, Henrichs is better known as fullback.
Although he expressly welcomes the change in functionality: "I'm a trained midfielder. Monaco got a new full back before the season, and the coach told me he had plans for midfield with me personally, it's a lot of fun. but I notice it's like in my youth: I'm much more on the ball, have more action. I've also searched a lot more and realize that I like this game is going to meet. "