In more positive news, however, Niclas Füllkrug will not be making a move back to Werder Bremen. Frank Baumann, Werder's new sporting director, confirmed this on Friday.
Füllkrug's form attracting interest
Even though the club couldn't quite get the better of Eintracht Frankfurt to make their Bundesliga return, the Füllkrug news will be a huge boost.
The former Weserstadion man has been in fine form for the Franks this term, especially in the latter part of the season.
In the final 13 games of the regular 2. Bundesliga campaign, Füllkrug fired in 10 goals and set up a further three for his team-mates in a stunning scoring run.
It was a huge improvement on his Hinrunde record but a steady season overall saw him end with 14 goals and six assists, a very credible tally.
Polak departs as a fan favourite
After beginning his career with Slovan Liberec, Polak made the move to Germany and Nürnberg back in 2005.
The now 35-year-old became a regular in the team straight away and helped them to DFB-Pokal glory in just his second season at the club.
He was then off to RSC Anderlecht in Belgium, where he made 113 appearances for the Belgian giants in three seasons; he claimed both the Belgian league and cup there.
A return back to the Bundesliga followed, this time with VfL Wolfsburg. Much like his time at others teams, it wasn't a long stay; Polak featured 79 times in three seasons.
Nürnberg came calling again and now, after his European adventure, the 57-time Czech international will be making his way back home.