THE BALL – The relationship between coach and sporting director is a “powder keg” (Bayern Munich)

After a less successful season on the pitch – despite being crowned ten-time champions, Bayern were knocked out of the German Cup with a humiliating 0-5 rout and waved goodbye to the Champions League in the quarter-finals of final –, outside also, the atmosphere does not seem to be the in Munich.

This shows, this Wednesday, the Picturerevealing that the atmosphere between the coach, Julian Nagelsmann, and Hasan Salihamidzic, the sporting director of the club, is, at the moment, a real “powder keg”.

According to the German newspaper, the next transfer market will be the biggest point of contention between the two. Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui will move to Bayern next season but the process only progressed after a phone call from Nagelsmann and the coach was also unhappy with the signing request from Nico Schlotterbeck. After learning of Niklas Sule’s departure, free of charge, to Borussia Dortmund, Nagelsmann asked for the Freiburg central defender to be hired, but the German ended up fleeing… to Borussia Dortmund.

Hasan Salihamidzic didn’t listen to the coach’s request, believing that Upamecano, Lucas Hernández, Pavard and Nianzou will be sufficient centre-backs for 2022/2023.

Plus, there’s the contract renewal process with several of the team’s stars, which has dragged on throughout the season. Thomas Muller has already renewed but Lewandowski and Neuer have yet to extend their respective contracts, a situation which has not pleased the coach well.

O Picture He also recalls that Hansi Flick, now German coach, did not have the best relationship with Salihamidzic.

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