Claims that Bayern’s young star Joshua Kimmich will leave the club at the end of the season have prompted an unusually forceful press release from Bayern Munich and the threat of legal action against a newspaper based in Stuttgart, near Kimmich’s home.
The Stuttgarter Nachrichten published a story today that claims in no uncertain terms “according to the information of this newspaper” that “Kimmich will leave the German record-champion, although he is still under contract until 2020.” The paper cites RB Leipzig and Manchester City as potential destinations.
The newspaper goes on to claim that the reason for Kimmich’s departure is none other than Carlo Ancelotti, “who has banished Kimmich to the bench for the most part. For the star, it thus has been a lost year.” Kimmich supposedly does not want to lose any more time and so is pushing for a transfer.
Bayern Munich have wasted no time, however, in issuing an official press release dismissing the claims as a “monstrous false report.” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge states, “This story has absolutely no basis in fact. Joshua Kimmich in under contract with FC Bayern Munich until 2020 and will definitely play for Bayern Munich next season.”
Bayern Munich furthermore threatens swift legal action against the Stuttgarter Nachrichten. It remains to be seen whether the newspaper retracts its story or reveals the anonymous source of its information.