In recent weeks, we've seen young Bayern Munich midfield prodigy Pierre Højbjerg speak to the media about leaving the club in search of more playing time. Even though he just turned 19 in August, Højbjerg knows that he would be a starter at most teams throughout Europe. The Danish midfielder is under contract with Bayern through the summer of 2016.
After the loss to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola was asked what he thought of Højbjerg and Xherdan Shaqiri wanting to leave for more playing time. "I know their opinion. I learned it from the newspapers," Guardiola said to the assembled media. "We currently have perhaps the best atmosphere in the team since I've been here. It's normal that you are not happy when not playing. We'll sit down and talk in the winter."
Højbjerg's agent Sören Lerby spoke to Bild after a meeting with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Matthias Sammer toward the end of last week. "We want to wait for the next couple of weeks and get together in late December," he said. "At the end of the year, we'll decided what's next for him. He's at the best club in the world. The offers for playing time are a luxury situation."
After opening the new Bayern fan shop in Berlin, Rummenigge spoke exclusively with MiaSanRot.de and was asked if the club had any reservations about loaning out young players are selling them with a buyback clause due to how the Emre Can situation played out.
That's not really a problem. Our young players are all extremely in demand. I think Pierre Højbjerg has about 15 clubs that would like to bring him in on loan or buy him tomorrow. Now, the big question is what is best for the player and what is best for Bayern, because we have to take our injury situation into consideration, which isn't exactly small. We must be careful that we'll have no problems if we loan a player in January. That will be one of the factors that we have considered.
At this point, I do believe that it's probably best for Højbjerg to be loaned to another club for the next six months or so to receive regular playing time. However, as Rummenigge said, Bayern have to look after themselves with this injury situation the team is facing.
I don't know what Bayern will do with Højbjerg in January. Perhaps a deal that sees Højbjerg remain in Munich through the end of the season, sign a contract extension, and then go out on loan for the entirety of the 2015-16 season?