Oliver Kahn, president of Bayern’s Board of Directors, made his first appearance this Monday since taking this new role. Amongst other things he spoke about the departure of David Alaba, now a Real Madrid player. “We weren’t willing willing to give in any more”, he highlighted.
Bayern want to have the best squad possible for the 2021/22 season, as they look to go for everything like they do every year. Oliver Kahn analysed how the season looks going forward. He explained what happened with Alaba, a player who didn’t want to renew with the club and instead opted to sign for Real Madrid.
“Elite-level players want a suitable salary. We’re not naive, but in Alaba’s case it reached a point where we weren’t willing to give in any more”, he explained. “You can’t talk about seeking sporting sucess on the basis of financial strength, and at the same time enter a salary level that is not suitable at Bayern.”
He was optimistic regarding the contract extensions of Leon Goretzka (whose current deal ends in 2022) and Kingsley Coman (whose ends in 2023). “We are in very positive conversations with the two players and I’m very, very optimistic. We have a magnificent package to offer the players. With us they always have the opportunity to win titles and create a new era. That’s important,” he highlighted.
After the arrivals of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, Omar Richards from Reading and the return of Sven Ullreich from Hamburg, Kahn doesn’t expect the club to make any more big name signings for next season. He feels the squad is already good enough and mentioned the return of loanees Chris Richards from Hoffenheim and Joshua Zirkzee from Parma.
“I’ve already seen how certain players have a role that very few expected. We hope that Julian Nagelsmann can progress these players and take them to the next level”, he assured. Nagelsmann will take charge of his first season at Bayern as Hansi Flick’s succesor, who will become the manager of the German national team.