Thomas Murg moves to PAOK - Marcel Ritzmaier arrives at Hütteldorf
On the final day of the extended transfer window, the carousel rotated a few more times. Thomas Murg left the club at his own request, but with Marcel Ritzmaier we brought a former Eredivisie winner and midfield all-rounder to Hütteldorf.
Thomas Murg joined SK Rapid in the spring of 2016, and since then the attacking-midfielder amassed 163 competitive appearances for the club over the course of six seasons, scoring 35 goals. The 25-year-old expressed his desire to move abroad, and the club have granted permission for that to happen. Murg has thus moved to PAOK Thessaloniki despite having two years left on his current contract. The two parties have agreed not to disclose the transfer fee involved.
Managing Director of Sport, Zoran Barisic: “Thomas Murg informed us of a very good offer from abroad and declared his express intention to accept that offer, along with his appreciation for Rapid. Of course we regret his decision, because he has been an important offensive player for us over the years, but at the same time we respect his decision and have complied with his personal request to allow him to take this step in his career. We wish him all the best in his new challenge and thank him for the effort that he put in whilst at this club.”
Thomas Murg: “It was a wonderful time at SK Rapid with many great years that gave me unforgettable moments as a part of this team. Now, I have decided to take a step in a new direction, which I am convinced will help me grow and gain experience as a footballer. I would like to thank all the Rapid players, my teammates, the coaching staff and the support team, as well as the club staff for all the great support I have received at Rapid over the years. Thank you!”
The midfield position vacated by Murg's departure doesn’t remain empty though, because we can already announce a new squad member at SK Rapid: Marcel Ritzmaier. The 27-year-old joins on a year-long loan deal from English Championship side Barnsley FC.
“We are very happy that we have managed to gain the services of Marcel Ritzmaier. He’s a player who has had a great footballing education, and he’s a versatile player too. We expect a lot from him, and we hope that he can help the team from the very first moments!”
At just 17, Marcel Ritzmaier moved from SKA Carinthia to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. At the Dutch powerhouse, the Styrian-born player rose through the ranks of the U19s to the senior squad, making his professional debut in the Eredivisie in September 2012, during a 3-0 win over Feyenoord. After going out on loan to several Eredivisie clubs, he finally ended up at WAC in the summer of 2018. In Carinthia he developed into a top performer in a very successful side. In January 2020 he linked up with his former WAC coach Gerhard Struber by moving to Barnsley, where he has played 22 games.
Marcel Ritzmaier on his new club: “I’m very happy that I’ve finally arrived in Vienna. It’s a great honour for me to wear the Green and White jersey for the upcoming season. My anticipation and excitement for the challenges ahead, for the team, for the fans and for the whole club is huge!”
Photos: Red Ring Shots.