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Darmstadt 98 is just an intermediate step for Lukas Mai

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DLukas Mai has now come a lot closer in terms of space to the two soccer professionals Tobias Kempe and Erich Berko. On Saturday, at the start of the SV Darmstadt 98 training session, the 20-year-old central defender stood on the pitch with his two new teammates. Kempe and Berko know Mai from their time at Dynamo, when he was once again a spectator in the Dresden stadium. It was “already an honor” to be able to work with the two in the future, said Mai. But the native of Dresden also has something to offer. At the age of 18, he gained valuable experience in two Bundesliga games at Bayern Munich. At the beginning of July, Mai, who won the third division championship with Bayern II, wore the professional training dress. Now the Darmstadt have borrowed the promising talent for playing in the second division.

“I’ll learn a lot here,” said the U-20 international, who describes himself as a “strong central defender”. But who also masters the robust gait on the court and knows how to assert himself. His teacher in Darmstadt is the new trainer Markus Beginn, who was able to convince Mai to continue his profile career with the “Lilien” – probably an intermediate step to the very top. “Lukas is a leader, even though he’s still a young guy,” said Beginning.

With May there is only a new face in the player circle. A well-known one could follow, however. As a loan player from Union Berlin, Nicolai Rapp had convinced Darmstadt in the previous season’s second half so well that they can well imagine a new collaboration with the central defender. The defender would go well with the South Hesse, the Darmstadt sports director Carsten Wehlmann announced. Rapp has now been released by the Berliners in order to be able to push ahead with his change of job.

The “Lilies” are still looking for a central defender after Dario Dumic’s departure to FC Utrecht, another has returned to training with Immanuel Höhn after a five-month injury break. 23 professionals were available at the start of the training. They all confirmed the new head coach’s belief that the SVD was the right choice. “I am thrilled with the boys as they performed today.”

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