Helmes snubbed St Etienne
Wolfsburg boss Felix Magath wanted to sell Patrick Helmes to St Etienne, according to the striker's agent.
Last Updated: 07/09/11 7:23pm
Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath wanted to sell Patrick Helmes to St Etienne this summer, according to the striker's agent.
It is claimed the 13-time Germany international was ordered to meet with representatives of the French club and undergo a medical.
Helmes' representative, Gerd vom Bruch, insists his client refused the move and has been left 'flabbergasted' by the actions of Magath.
Vom Bruch told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper: "Felix Magath told Patrick on 30th August he would be a surplus to his requirements at Wolfsburg.
"Two to three hours later, Mr. Magath ordered Patrick to visit a hotel near Wolfsburg to meet representatives of St Etienne.
"Patrick was to directly drive over to St Etienne to have a medical and then sign a contract with the club.
"Patrick was flabbergasted and taken by total surprise."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Diego Benaglio has played down suggestions a drop in his form has been due to problems in his personal life.
The Switzerland international told BLICK: "I have been told that people in Wolfsburg are whispering behind my back that my wife and I have split up.
"Fortunately, I can just laugh about this."