Munich (dpa) – The morning after the enjoyable TV evening with Mickey and Marble, Thomas Müller announced his “word for Sunday” somewhat annoyed.
The future player record champion, who had celebrated the tedious 2-1 of his Munich soccer colleagues together with the two dogs dressed in Bayern jerseys on the sofa at home, clarified his intention after a warning from Bald CEO Hasan Salihamidzic. In a good two-minute video clip, Müller assured that there was no “internal dispute over the waiver of salaries with regard to possible transfers in the summer.”
The yellow-missing Müller, like Robert Lewandowski against Borussia Mönchengladbach, curiously caused a stir in his absence. On Saturday, Salihamidzic warned the vice-captain and his colleagues to be cautious with assessments of the transfer policy. Müller may have “dribbled a bit” with his statements, said the sports director: “I told him that was not correct. He understood that, he is a very, very intelligent boy, a very, very intelligent player. “
Müller announced on Wednesday after entering the DFB Cup final that it was “a bit paradoxical” if you always talk about newcomers and at the same time save salaries. That left room for interpretation.
The eloquent Müller, who, like the other stars in the Corona crisis, foregoes part of his salary, feels misunderstood. He reacted on Sunday to be interpreted by the media as “provocative and continuing history”. “My statement was actually based on the fact that it annoyed me that I was asked about a cup semi-final,” said the 30-year-old.
What bothers him the most is that it is pretended that, in the economically difficult times, transfers of 50 or 100 million euros can be made “with the flick of a finger”. “Personally, I want the best possible squad for me next season. I have big goals, I want to win the Champions League,” said Müller. “I want us to attack properly, to continue this run that we currently have.”
The first stage of this run, which continued with the tenth success in a row thanks to Leon Goretzka’s winning goal and Joshua Zirkzee’s opening goal, is Bremen on Tuesday. Then the Munich team want to make the eighth title in a row perfect – and not after a draw or defeat, they may not have to cheer on Wednesday at a Dortmund mistake on the couch. For Müller it would be the German championship number nine – nobody has anymore.
“We want to close the sack in Bremen,” said coach Hansi Flick, who then relies on the somewhat rested Müller and Lewandowski. “I think the break was good for both of them.” The 55-year-old was “happy” after the effort against Borussia. As a long-time companion, the Müller statements did not bother him. “I will not forbid any player to say anything,” said the Bayern head coach.
“It’s okay for players to talk about something like that, but in the end everything has to go on,” said Flick. “I can only say that there will be transfers – even if we forego salary. We also have departures, so there will be additions.” Top candidate for a transfer is international Leroy Sané from Manchester City. The personnel of Kai Havertz from Leverkusen is always discussed.
Captain Manuel Neuer made it clear that there could be different perspectives on the topic initiated by Müller. “Hasan represents the club and is responsible for planning the squad for next season, so there are two perspectives,” said the 34-year-old.
In the light of the debate, the sporting view of the physical act against Gladbach took a back seat. Like the curious goals before the break. Only the 19-year-old Zirkzee met after a completely failed cross pass from Gladbach’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Then Bavarian world champion Benjamin Pavard steered the ball into his own net to equalize. It was Pavard who prepared Goretzka’s late winning goal. This is not the only reason why, according to Müller’s wish, the Munich residents can “look into the future in a fluffy way”.