Wolfsburg striker Bendtner told to improve fitness

Wolfsburg, July 22 (IANS) Denmark international footballer Nicklas Bendtner has been warned by his club VfL Wolfsburg to improve his fitness or find a new side.

Bendtner moved to the Bundesliga side in August 2014 after being released by Arsenal, but the striker managed just one goal in 18 league appearances last term. His chances of first-team football next season have been further limited with Max Kruse arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach, while Bas Dost netted 16 league goals in 2014-15.

The 27-year-old has now been told by director of sport Klaus Allofs that he must do more to earn his place at Wolfsburg.

“The demands on a footballer in Germany are different from in England or in Denmark,” Allofs was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.

“If anybody wants to play for us then they can follow us. Anybody who doesn’t want to do that and does not get in line has no place at this club.”

Bendtner has been working on an individual training programme, with head coach Dieter Hecking adding: “I hope he realises this is good for him. He can really do with this to get better.”

Back in April, Bendtner was dropped for a fixture against Schalke after turning up late for training.

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