August 12, 2019 / 10:12 AM / 8 days ago

Frankfurt hope striker Rebic will stay - sports director

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Semi Final Second Leg - Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - May 9, 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt's Ante Rebic reacts after conceding their first goal scored by Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek REUTERS/David Klein

BERLIN (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt are hoping striker Ante Rebic will stay at the club this season after widespread speculation that he could be on his way to Italy, sports director Fredi Bobic said.

The 25-year-old Croatia international, who scored a 12-minute hat-trick on Sunday to send his team past Waldhof Mannheim and into the German Cup second round, is the last of a trio of strikers who carried Frankfurt into the Europa League semi-finals last season.

Luka Jovic moved to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller joined West Ham United in the Premier League and Italian media have reported that Inter and AC Milan were both eager to sign Rebic.

“As things stand now I expect that he will stay,” Bobic told Die Welt newspaper on Monday. “We hope and wish that Ante will stay. Until now no single club has come to us and put in a written offer.”

Frankfurt, who play Vaduz in the Europa League’s third qualifying round this week, kick off their new Bundesliga campaign against Hoffenheim on Sunday. The transfer window in Germany shuts on Sept. 2.

“Ante knows what he has at Eintracht,” Bobic said. “There is still movement in the market and one cannot predict what can happen.”

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond

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