The training "demotion" of professional youngsters Gianluca Gaudino, Julian Green, and Sinan Kurt was news that fluttered out of the Bayern Munich camp this week. The one that seemed unabashed by the news was Kurt's agent, Michael Decker.
"It was ok to train on a World level for a year, but now Sinan is at a phase where he needs to play, play, and play again," Decker said in an interview with Bild. "For that reason, it also makes sense to train with the team that someone also plays for. Sinan needs to find a reference with his teammates.
"There won't be room for him in the first team this season. We realize that. We accept that. We discussed that with Matthias Sammer. Everything is good."
Maurizio Gaudino, the agent for his son Gianluca, did not share Decker's viewpoint on the move. He seemed more blindsided by the news his son was no longer part of first team training.
"That came as a surprise and now we need to digest it. The plans were different," Gaudino told kicker last week. When asked whether his son would make a move to another club, Gaudino said, "There are some inquiries, but I don't know whether we will make a hasty reaction."
Speculation of a loan will be on the table for the next week, with the transfer window still open for another eight days. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was a teenager who made a loan move last season, although that came after a year and a half of experience with the reserves. Kurt has only a taste of non-academy football, which is why his camp is not concerned with senior team minutes just yet.
"A loan would come to early at this point in time," said Decker. "Sinan was a U19 player last season and only played in Bayern's U19 team as agreed upon. He still does not have experience in a Men's division, like he will get this season with Bayern's U23 team.
"If top performances come this season in the U23's, then he will have the necessary maturity for a loan after the season. It is then also possible, that he becomes a serious alternative for Bayern's first team."
Kurt moved from the Borussia Mönchengladbach academy last summer for €1.2 million. He received 45 minutes of action late in the season in the Bundesliga-clinching match against Hertha Berlin, his only match of the season. Though he signed a four-year professional contract, not playing with the pros was part of the plan.
"We never had the intention that Sinan needed to play with the pros in his first year," said Decker. "Sinan is still absolutely confident that it was the right decision to move to Bayern last summer. Sinan trained at the highest level for a year. He was able to work daily with top stars like Xabi Alonso and Arjen Robben, who he could watch and who could help him. This year was very valuable and instructive for him."