There have been several instances of players challenging a Bundesliga club in such a manner in recent years. Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both went on strike to force Borussia Dortmund to allow their transfers to Barcelona and Arsenal respectively.
Wagner is putting a brave face on everything and is optimistic about sparking a successful turnaround despite reports he has already lost his players' trust.
Cadiz looked disciplined after the opening goal from the veteran striker, while Huesca struggled to create clear chances throughout the game.
Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner had to be on guard to defuse Dani Olmo's effort in the 4th minute before Marcel Halstenberg headed just wide from a promising position four minutes later.
"It's great to play and to be back with my teammates. I return with a victory and a goal, so I am happy. We are getting our feeling back, our way of playing," the 21-year-old Mbappe said after the match.
He admitted that he believed in his ability to still contribute to the club, but added that "it was the past," and he admitted he had "expected" Koeman to say he no longer wanted him, "because it had already been said before."
Qingdao scored the consolation goal from Denis Popovic's penalty in the dying minutes.
THE HAGUE, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Frank de Boer has been named as the new head coach of the national team of the Netherlands, the Dutch football association KNVB announced on Wednesday.
PARIS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kylian Mbappe scored on his return from a COVID-19 quarantine as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a 3-0 victory at Nice in Sunday's Ligue 1 action.
The pay-tv stations covering the game, Sky and DZAN, announced they would not be sending reporters to Budapest but instead would commentate on the game from Germany.
LONDON, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool gave an early statement of intent over their Premier League title defense as two goals from Sadio Mane gave them a 2-0 win away to Chelsea.