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(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
The summer exodus from Hapoel Tel Aviv will begin in earnest this week with Itay
Shechter, Gili Vermut, Eran Zahavi and Danny Bondarv all expected to officially
seal their moves abroad.
Shechter and Vermut agreed their personal terms
with FC Kasierslautern of the Bundesliga over the weekend and are set to
complete their moves in the coming days, when the Germans come to an agreement
with Hapoel regarding the transfer fee.
Kaiserslautern is expected to pay
in the excess of three million euros for both players, with the 24-year-old
Shechter set to fetch in the region of 2.5 million and the 25-year-old Vermut
having a 750,000-euro buy-out clause in his contract.
“Despite the fact I
hadn’t played much recently I had plenty of offers,” said Shechter, who despite
being sidelined since injuring his shoulder on January 17, was handed a
four-year deal worth around 600,000 euros per season by the Germans.
happy Gili will be joining me. That will make my life much easier both on and
off the field. This is a realization of a dream for both me and
While there had long been rumors connecting Shechter with
Kaiserslautern, Vermut’s move caught everyone by surprise.
developed rapidly over recent days,” said Vermut, who was also given a four-year
deal worth around 600,000 euros per season.
“I could have left last
season but decided to stay and help Hapoel reach the Champions League. Being
with Itay will certainly help us both and I can’t wait to get the season
Another player who is set to leave Hapoel in the near future is
Zahavi, who is on his way to Palermo of the Italian Serie A, with Bondarv
already officially completing his free-transfer move to Volga Nizhny Novgorod of
the Russian league.
“Hapoel Tel Aviv may be higher in quality and status,
but the Russian league is much better than the Israeli league,” Bondarv told the
club’s official website after it announced his signing.
Moscow-born defender agreed to a three-year deal worth approximately 450,000
euros per season and will become the third Israeli to play in the Russian
top-flight when the August transfer window opens, joining former Hapoel teammate
Bibras Natcho (Rubin Kazan) and Ze’ev Haimovich (Terek Grozny).