Sarpreet Singh set to follow in Wynton Rufer’s footsteps at Werder Bremen in Germany
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Sarpreet Singh spent the 2021-22 season playing for Jahn Regensburg in the German second division 2.Bundesliga.
All Whites midfielder Sarpreet Singh is set to follow in Wynton Rufer’s footsteps at Werder Bremen, with a move from Bayern Munich to the newly promoted Bundesliga club reportedly imminent.
German website DeichStube said Singh was set to join Bremen, who finished second in the second-tier 2.Bundesliga this year to book their return to the top flight. He said club boss Klaus Filbry teased an upcoming creative signing at a charity event and reported that Singh was that player.
Although the move has yet to be officially confirmed, Rufer said it would be “a brilliant story”. Singh was involved with the All Whites great academy as a youngster in Auckland before joining Wellington Phoenix.
All Whites midfielder Sarpreet Singh discusses life on loan at German Second Division club SSV Jahn Regensburg.
Rufer said he was proud and delighted that a Wynrs graduate was going to play for his former Bundesliga club and expected him to fit in well in Bremen, a proud working-class town in northern Germany. .
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“He speaks German and he’s been used to the German way for a few years.”
“They could have had it at the time of the Under-20 World Cup [in 2019]”, Rufer added. “Ironically, how many years later are they trying to sign him.
Before being sidelined with a serious pelvic injury in early April, Singh played in the 2.Bundesliga for Jahn Regensburg, on loan from German giants Bayern, and was one of the competition’s best strikers, racking up five goals and eight assists in 25 games.
Singh joined Bayern from Phoenix three years ago and made two first-team appearances in the Bundesliga in his debut season, which he spent mostly playing for the club’s reserve team.
In his second, a difficult loan move to Nuremberg was cut short and he ended the season playing for the Bayern reserve team again.
He was loaned out again last season, turning down the chance to play at the Tokyo Olympics in order to pitch in to Jahn Regensburg, which he duly did.
Singh has one year left on his contract with Bayern. DeichStube have indicated that his move to Bremen is to be permanent, which means a transfer fee will have to be paid, and the Phoenix will be in line for a reduction of it.
The 23-year-old is only the second New Zealander to play in the Bundesliga after Rufer, who made 174 league appearances and scored 59 goals for Bremen between 1989 and 1995.
Rufer won the Bundesliga with them in 1993 and scored as they beat Monaco 2-0 to lift the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992.
Singh’s injury has kept him out of the All Whites’ bid for a place at this year’s World Cup, which culminates in a qualifier against Costa Rica next week in Doha, Qatar.
In mid-May, he said he had “a long way to go” until he was fit to play.
“I want to do everything I can to get fit and play, but at the end of the day I have to listen to my body.
“I have a lot of discomfort, I haven’t even started running or making changes in direction and things like that.”
Ahead of confirmation that he was not in the All Whites’ World Cup playoff squad, Singh said he “wouldn’t want to take any chances with my body if it were to set me back for a very long time. “.
The new Bundesliga season is set to start on August 5.