Nagelsmann reacts to anger over the trip to Ibiza

JIn the debate over the Bayern stars ‘trip to Ibiza after winning the German championship, Ulian Nagelsmann referred to his professionals’ sense of responsibility. “Our players are all old and responsible and are very welcome to decide what they do on their holidays,” the Munich coach said on Friday. “If they decide to fly in a very large group, let them do it. They’re old enough, I’m not their father or their teacher.”

Nagelsmann pointed out that he was responsible for sporting matters. Therefore, he had planned two days off after the match in Mainz last week. “Players can use the days off as they wish,” the football coach stressed.

After 1: 3 in FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday, a large part of the team, which had already been named champions, flew to the Balearic Islands. “Last week, the players informed us that they would like to use the two days off to train with the group in Ibiza. We accepted this as a team-building measure,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic explained on Sunday.

There had been sharp public criticism of the trip so soon after a defeat. “I do not expect any reaction on the trip to Ibiza,” Nagelsmann said before the final Munich home game of the Bundesliga season on Sunday (17.30 in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on DAZN) against VfB Stuttgart. But he hopes his team will play a “good match”.

Good conversation with Lewandowski

Nagelsmann also reported on a positive exchange between the management of FC Bayern and the adviser of the world football player Robert Lewandowski. “I asked if it was a good conversation. That was it, “said the coach. “But there is nothing to report, in any direction. My status has not changed, that we will certainly keep it and will certainly extend it.”

Lewandowski’s (33) contract expires after June 30, 2023. Sports director Salihamidzic recently categorically ruled out leaving Lewandowski this summer after eight years. There have been repeated speculations about a switch to FC Barcelona. Most recently, Lewandowski’s adviser Pini Zahavi met with the top management of FC Bayern. Zahavi is “someone who likes to negotiate, negotiates hard,” said Nagelsmann, who is happy with Thomas Müller’s (32) contract extension.

This week, Müller had extended his contract by another season until the summer of 2024. “It’s always important when top players and iconic figures from Bayern Munich extend their contracts. This can definitely draw other people along. I still believe that the others make their own decisions and not just attach it to Thomas, ”said the 34-year-old Nagelsmann.

Captain Manuel Neuer (36) is also looking to extend his contract. The situation with Serge Gnabry (26) seems more open. Both contracts expire next summer. “We have to see what time brings. I have often said: With players in the Bayern Munich category, extensions are not always so easy and it requires more rounds and more discussions,” the coach said, referring to the Gnabry personality. “I would very much like to keep him. I think that is clear. I appreciate him as a player and as a person, but it’s not always in the hands of the coach. “

National team player Niklas Süle will probably not be in the starting line-up in FC Bayern’s last home game of the season, followed by the presentation of the championship trophy on Sunday. “I assume now that he is not starting,” Nagelsmann said on Friday about the defender, who is moving to Borussia Dortmund this summer.

A week ago, Süle was allowed to start in the 3-1 match against FSV Mainz 05 and thus got his “treat” as a departure. Nagelsmann stressed that the 26-year-old was “very, very valuable”. “Maybe he will get more minutes,” the coach said two days before the home game against VfB Stuttgart. Süle leaves Bayern after five years on a free transfer.

World champion Corentin Tolisso, who has been repeatedly thrown back by injuries, has recently been unable to recommend himself for a new contract. The French midfielder, who once came for a record fee of € 41.5 million, was recently absent with a tear in the back of his thigh.

“I really appreciate Coco, he has an incredible winning mentality,” praised Nagelsmann, the 27-year-old whose contract is about to expire. Tolisso’s susceptibility to injury was “already a small problem”. One will “see what the future will bring.”

Before the Stuttgart match, Nagelsmann was happy with a full training squad, which is why he expects “tough squad decisions”. Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies were just as affected by a gastrointestinal disease as Jamal Musiala after a cold.

Leave a Comment