Now it’s official what has been apparent for a long time: left-back Niklas Hult (32) and defensive all-rounder Philipp Ochs (25) have to Hannover 96 leaving. The second division team announced this on Wednesday morning. Both contracts are about to expire.
Hult recently made the club a new offer in which he should forego 50 percent of his salary. The ex-Sweden international was not ready for that. For the last week he has been preparing to move home.
“In football you always come to the point where you have to make difficult and tough decisions – it was the same with Niklas and Philipp,” explains sporting director Marcus Mann (38). Both pros will bid farewell on Sunday (3.30 p.m.) at the end of the season against Ingolstadt.
Speaking of his last 96 appearance, Hult says, “To have a nice finish, I’d be happy to win Sunday and hear the ‘Hult, Hult, Hult’ chants one more time.” A fan love, which the perennial racer has developed in 56 appearances with three goals and four assists.
Ochs is already looking further ahead: “Now I’m looking forward to a new adventure. I really wish only the best for the future.” The ex-Hoffenheimer made 48 second-division games (three goals, one assist), mostly as a left-back, but also in midfield or as a winger.