Relations between Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic are going through a period of tension, according to press reports, due to their differences in transfer policy and the way in which the renewal of important contracts.
Nagelsmann, according to the Munich newspaper tz, considers that certain decisions have been taken too slowly, both in terms of renewals – the cases of Thomas Müller, who has already extended his contract, and Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski, who have not yet done so. – as in advancing steps to achieve signings that he considers important.
The delay in the renewals, according to Nagelsmann, has generated uneasiness in the workforce. And the delay in making decisions on transfers has led to losing options against certain interesting players.
The Schlotterbeck case
A paradigmatic case is that of Nico Schlotterbeck, still in the discipline of Freiburg, who will spend next season at Borussia Dortmund.
After learning that Niklas Süle would not renew with Bayern, he will go to Dortmund as a free agent, Nagelsmann considered that he needed one more central defender and Schlotterbeck was the perfect candidate.
Salihamidzic, however, felt that with Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernández, Tanguy Nianzou and Benjamin Pavard, who usually plays at right back, there were enough alternatives for the center of defence.
When, after some doubtful performances by Nianzou, Salihamidzic appears to have relented, Schlottebeck had already made a commitment to Dortmund and although Nagelsmann tried to convince him to change his mind, he was unsuccessful.
With Müller and Lewandowski, moreover, the talks to renew started too late. Another case is that of Serge Gnabry who, given the club’s concentration on extending other contracts such as those of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, seems to have felt that he was not valued enough and still has not reached an agreement with the club to extend His contract expires in 2023.
Salihamidzic had already had tensions with Nagelsmann’s predecessor, current Germany coach Hansi Flick, who ended up terminating his contract.