It was a difficult season for Kingsley Coman. In an new interview with kicker, Coman revealed that he seriously debated whether to leave Bayern Munich, ultimately choosing to stay, as the club exercised its option to buy.
After a promising series of games in the Hinrunde, Coman injured his knee and ankle in November during the international break. After his return from injury, he struggled to claim precious playing time from immense competition in a healthy Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and Douglas Costa.
Coman explained the situation after his injury, suggesting that he did not have Carlo Ancelotti’s trust:
That [the injury] really set me back. . . . Afterward, the coach also might not have had confidence in me. . . . I came back to a team that worked. It’s difficult to claim your place, to get playing time, when the team has come together well. Especially here on account of the tough competition.
While Bayern Munich waited until the very last moment to exercise the option to buy Coman’s contract from Juventus Turin, Coman deliberated over whether he wanted to stay at club at all: “Yes, I thought about leaving the club.”
A meeting with the club management swayed him to say. Coman said, “They gave me the feeling that they are confident in me over the long term, even already next season.” And so he agreed that he wished to stay at the club.
Coman also revealed that Bayern Munich would not have exercised the purchase option if he had wanted to leave: “Exercising the option could have only happened with my consent. They wouldn’t have done that if I had made up my mind to leave the club.”
After featuring prominently in Bayern’s last handful of games, Coman looks poised to be a major contributor to the club next season.