Hansi Flick brings Armel Bella-Kotchap to the DFB team for the Nations League


Armel Bella-Kotchap has only just arrived at FC Southampton, but the wildest transfer rumors are already swirling about the young centre-back. Of the Liverpool FC should have cast an eye on him, could be read in the relevant portals this week - and Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have already expressed interest in him.

On the one hand, this shows how the pots in the rumor mill are kept artificially boiling even after the end of the summer changeover period. On the other hand, it also shows how much Bella-Kotchap in his short time in the premier league has already drawn attention to itself.

One like Virgil van Dijk

Before the season, Bella-Kotchap moved to England from VfL Bochum for ten million euros. On the first day of the game coach let him Ralph Hasenhuttl still gathering impressions from the bench, but then used the approach in six straight games for the full 90 minutes. Against Manchester United and Chelsea, among others, Bella-Kotchap presented himself in strong form, he even managed an assist in his team's away win in Leicester. Southampton fans are already calling the defender, who turns 21 in December, an absolute bargain.

His achievements are also noticeable in Germany. For the upcoming Nations League games against Hungary on Friday (8:45 p.m FAZ live ticker for the Nations League and on ZDF) and England (Monday) has national coaches Hansi Flick Bella-Kotchap first call-up to senior squad. He has been used occasionally for the DFB youth teams since 2018; In 2019 he made the leap from the U19s straight to the pros in Bochum.

In a good mood in an unusual group: Armel Bella-Kotchap


In a good mood in an unusual group: Armel Bella-Kotchap
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Image: picture alliance / HMB Media / Julien Becker


In the 2020/21 season he was promoted to the Bundesliga with Bochum as the second division champion, last season he made 22 appearances there that were not always completely convincing. "He developed very well in Southampton," said Flick about the nomination - he and assistant coach Danny Röhl were "surprised by Armel".



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