Bayern Munich CEO Rummenigge rules out Flick departure

AFP , Sunday 21 Mar 2021

Hansi Flick
Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has been linked with the Germany job ahead of Joachim Loew's departure later this year

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German media Sunday he had made it "unmistakably clear" to Hansi Flick that the coach would not be freed from his contract to succeed Joachim Loew in charge of Germany.

"This has nothing to do with probability, it's a fact," said Rummenigge in an interview with Welt am Sonntag newspaper, when asked whether Flick would stay beyond the end of the season.

Flick, 56, has been named among the favourites to take over from departing Germany boss Loew when the 61-year-old ends a 15-year spell in charge of the national team after this summer's European Championships.

The Bayern coach was Loew's assistant coach when Germany won the World Cup in 2014, before serving as German FA (DFB) sporting director between 2014 and 2017.

Yet on Sunday, Rummenigge said that the DFB had assured him they would not make an offer to lure the Bayern coach back into the national team set-up.

"DFB president Fritz Keller confirmed that to me again in a phone call," said the Bayern CEO, adding that he expected Flick to see out his contract, which runs until 2023.

"I told Hansi that we are very happy with him, and that we would be well advised to fulfil our contractual agreement. I made that unmistakably clear," said Rummenigge.

Bayern are keen to hold onto Flick, who took over with the club in crisis in 2019 and led them to a league, cup and Champions League treble in his first season in charge.

Yet speculation over his future has been fuelled in recent weeks by tensions between Flick and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Flick spoke publicly about the differences between the pair, before finally apologising a few days ago for some harsh words spoken to his sporting director on the team bus, which had been leaked to the press.

Rummenigge sought to play down the spat on Sunday, likening it to recent tensions inside the British royal family over an interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.

"I call it family affairs, and we have to be careful not to be even worse than the royal family in England," joked the Bayern CEO.

"Bayern is a big family, and things that happen inside the family should stay inside the family," he added.

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