Rapids returnee

Schaub: “The right people are at work”

10.07.2024 08:24

Dion Beljo or Louis Schaub - who is Rapids' transfer king?The returnee knows that "something is in the making". "The right people are at work," says Schaub.

With the signing of Dion Beljo, Rapid has completed its purchasing program. The Croatian striker - on loan from Augsburg for the time being, but with an option to buy - is the eighth new signing Markus Katzer has landed. "I'm confident that he will develop into a goalscoring machine with us." Is the 1.95-meter man, who has made two appearances for the Croatian national team, the green-and-white king transfer?

The 22-year-old will have to settle the role with Louis Schaub. The expectations - especially from the fans - are high. "You can talk a lot, what's important is what happens on the pitch," says the returnee in his usual defensive tone. "But it would be nice if I could be a difference-maker." Just like before his move to Germany in 2018, when everyone in Hütteldorf was still raving about his brace at Ajax Amsterdam. Cologne, Hamburg, Lucerne, Hannover - he doesn't want to miss any of them. "Every step was right at the time," says Schaub. "Promotion with Cologne, then the Bundesliga, thanks to Lucerne I was at the last EURO and at Hannover I got to play for the club my father played for." And he felt at home in Hanover, so he never thought about moving.

At the best age
But then Green-White came calling - what was he tempted by? "Rapid didn't have to be made palatable to me," laughs the 29-time team player. "It was always my goal to return here one day." But why so early, at the age of 29? "I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity. Who knows if it would have come again. Now I'm in my prime as a footballer, I can still make a difference."

No settling in at all. There was also no need to look for an apartment. "It feels like coming home," said Schaub, who signed until 2028. He once played with Hofmann, Gartler, Burgstaller and assistant coach Kulovits. "We never lost touch." He even knew the training center. "A lot has happened, I know that something is in the making here."

The big difference to his first Rapid era? "Back then, it was very turbulent in the last two years (2016 to 2018), there was talk of the championship title. Now the right people are at work." His and Rapids' goals now? "We'll discuss that internally," says Schaub. "But I hope that we can reward ourselves with something." First, however, the new players have to integrate. Schaub already knows everything ...

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