eNot only can Hertha BSC use a tricky, fast and reliable man in the Bundesliga – but it will likely be some time before Hany Mukhtar leaves Nashville SC and joins the youth club. If it happens again – because he is the number one scorer, top scorer, and favorite voted Most Important Player in Major League Soccer, the 27-year-old Berliner is doing well in the USA. Moment.
“I’ve learned in my career that sometimes it’s important to be happy and to appreciate the moment and what you have to look for a new challenge right away and then maybe not be happy. That’s why I made the decision to extend and stay here,” Mokhtar told DPA.
He’s happy with his three-year contract plus an option for a fourth season and the role as a Nashville regular. “I can also improve here. The league is getting better.”
“Hani was great”
His goal to make it 1-0 in the 1-1 draw with Austin FC last weekend was the 23rd goal of the season. Al Mukhtar has a total of 34 points and is thus the best in the league that the former Leverkusen and Real have. The Madrid pros also play Chicharito, ex-Bayern player Xherdan Shaqiri and Douglas Costa and Welsh star Gareth Bale are on the road. “Hani was fantastic,” said coach Gary Smith. “Anything that was good and came from the middle, he was involved. It shows what he has.”
“When you’re a top scorer and MVP with two games left, you want both. I’m so ambitious that I won’t tell you anything else. I’ll do my best in these two games for that,” Mokhtar said, referring to the games against Houston and Los Angeles FC. In early October The fact that the international hiatus is now slowing down on his good run isn’t ideal, “but I’ll take the time and recover.”
‘The league is definitely getting better’
Mokhtar knows that the European leagues in Germany, England, Spain and Italy are still of much better quality than MLS. Many in his environment advised him to change after the first two good years. But number 10 decided to stay.
“I am aware that the league is not where I see the potential of the league yet. But I think a lot will happen here in the country because of the 2026 World Cup – and a lot is already happening. The league is definitely improving.”
In the main round table, Nashville can only finish third in the Western Conference, and LAFC and Austin have plenty of lead — but the playoff system still gives the team from Tennessee every chance of winning the championship. “Americans want entertainment. Football, baseball, basketball — it’s all about entertainment. I think that’s cool, people want to see a good game and excitement, and the playoff style is very cool,” Mokhtar said.
Will he, who after training in the youth of Hertha became champion in Austria with Salzburg, champion of Portugal with Benfica and winner of the Danish Cup with Brondby, step back to Germany at some point and attack the Bundesliga? “Does he flirt with me to prove it to everyone in the Bundesliga? Yes. Should you definitely be before the end of your career?” Mukhtar said. Because life in Nashville is so good.
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