Friedrich sticks by Hertha
Arne Friedrich will not be jumping ship and leaving bottom of the table Hertha Berlin in January.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 04/01/10 11:40am
Arne Friedrich insists he will not be jumping ship and leaving bottom of the table Hertha Berlin in January.
The Hertha captain has been strongly linked with a move to Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in recent weeks but is adamant he will remain at the Olympic Stadium until the summer at least.
Hertha have picked up a paltry six points from a possible 51 leaving them 10 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table at the halfway stage.
However the German international defender is determined to get Hertha out of trouble and will not be joining the club's former general manager Dieter Hoeness at Wolfsburg.
"I will be playing on at Hertha until the end of the season, there is no doubt," he told Kicker.
"I am no Judas, I am no quitter. I am not going to shy away from any responsibility. The interest of VfL Wolfsburg in my services is long standing, but there have not been any bids nor have there been any negotiations.
"I for myself have never had the idea of quitting Berlin. When I became aware of the speculation recently I immediately phoned Michael Preetz (Hertha general manager) to tell him that I do not want to move on."
Friedrich's decision has meant that the club will allow Brazilian defenders Kaka and Cesar to leave the club this month.