Magath backs Helmes captaincy

Helmes scored 12 Bundesliga goals in just 16 games after being

frozen out by Magath at the start of the campaign. That

relationship has now improved and, with Magath looking for a new

skipper after , the former Leverkusen man could be handed the role.

Magath told “Patrick Helmes may well be our new skipper,

given he is able to score like he did last season. “I am to name a

skipper before the start of the season. Patrick Helmes has been on

a good level of performance in recent months. “He deserves to be

back in the spotlight for a call-up to the Germany squad.” Helmes

added: “I am out to do my best. My relationship with Felix Magath

is now like it should be between a player and a manager.” The

28-year-old forward has been with Valencia reportedly making a bid,

but the captaincy would surely cement the Germany international’s

future at the club.