Gomez named Wolfsburg skipper

VfL Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez says he is honoured to be named as the club’s captain by coach Andries Jonker ahead of the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign.

The 32-year-old joined Wolves from Turkish outfit, Besiktas, in 2016 and scored 16 league goals, including 10 in the final 12 matches, to help his side avoid relegation via the playoffs.

As such, his influence promoted Jonker to appoint the Germany international as skipper, who then expressed his delight at getting the role. Gomez told Kicker, “I understand every player when he says it’s a dream to be named the captain of your team.

“It’s something very special and it means you’re doing a good job. However, I don’t need to wear the armband as some sort of symbol or recognition. I’ve always had a close relationship with the coaches I’ve played for in my career without being captain.”

Meanwhile, his club boss said of his appointment, “I think the captain should be the driving force and flagship of a club. Mario is the best choice, and it wasn’t hard to convince him.” Paul Verhaegh and Ignacio Camacho will reportedly assist the forward as second and third captains respectively.