Bayern Munich took off for Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, taking 24 senior players and five academy players with them. That included the injured Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze, David Alaba and Medhi Benatia. Just as significantly, reports have revealed who was not on the plane, namely Gianluca Gaudino, Jan Kirchhoff and Sinan Kurt.
Kurt may be the most unsurprising of the bunch. He reportedly is already in Berlin, on the verge of completing his move to third-place Hertha Berlin after a year and a half in Munich. Many reports believe he will sign a contract until 2019, but BILD also is under the impression Bayern will hold a buyback clause of €8 million buyback clause on the 19-year-old Germany prospect.
Kirchhoff's departure from the Rekordmeister may be just as imminent, Bayern revealing on their website his agent is in negotiations for a possible transfer. Several reports have him on his way to Sunderland to take a medical with the Black Cats, who are trying to make another drop-zone escape in England. Bayern and Sunderland have already allegedly come to terms on a transfer, the only thing is Kirchhoff's signature.
Gaudino's exclusion may be the surprising of them all, the 19-year-old professional linked to a loan move to Swiss club St. Gallen. His father and agent Maurizio Gaudino told Swiss tabloid Blick that talks on a possible loan move have "progressed far", and his reported exclusion may make the loan closer on the horizon.
Bayern is bringing a new batch of teenagers in Gaudino's and Kurt's place, including recently-signed Fabian Benko and Niklas Dorsch. Also part of the squad is 15-year-old goalkeeper Christian Früchtl, who made an appearance in the UEFA Youth League when Bayern was still in the competition.