That admirable trait has now followed him to Chicago. In a pair of revealing interviews with Chicago-Fire.com, the Estonian midfielder clearly delineates two main reasons for his departure; a lack of trophies and the continuous misuse of his talents.
“My aim in leaving Red Bull was to play centrally and I know that I have a partner in the midfield that I would love to play with and if we find communication, I know I can play really well in the heart of midfield,” Lindpere tells MLS.
“I really think Frank (Klopas) welcomes me to the club as a central midfielder and that’s my wish and reason to join the club. That’s the thing I was missing at Red Bull and I’m so happy that if the coach sees me in this position that I’m ready to take the challenge.
“For me it’s unacceptable when somebody says that I don’t have an opportunity to play in the center when statistics show something different. It’s my wish and I’m ready to battle for that.”
He also goes on to speak about the Red Bulls high turnover culture and the price they pay for that win-now philosophy (click here for the rest of the story).
Taking this all into consideration, the addition of Juninho was the writing on the wall for Lindpere’s club future. The Brazilian has made a career as a standout midfield distributor and free kick specialist.
As we discussed this weekend, 2012 was a contentious year for the Estonian workhorse (READ HERE FOR MORE) as he battled to try and garner a shot at the central midfield position. Major disagreements with then coach Hans Backe only further inflamed tensions – in particular when discussing International call-ups. By year’s end, the relationship between player and coach broke down.
Lindpere joins fellow midfielders and Red Bull veterans Jan Gunnar Solli, Teemu Tainio and Rafa Marquez as the team’s highest profile castaways of the 2012-13 offseason. The Red Bulls have turned over more than 50% of last season’s final roster, hiring Juninho, Fabian Espindola, Jamison Olave, Kosuke Kimura, Josue Martinez, Amando Moreno and Santiago Castano to take their spots within the team.