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Rummenigge: Hasan Salihamidzic has stayed in Munich to work on transfers

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Brazzo has stayed behind while the rest of the Bayern squad traveled to the United States for the Audi Summer Tour.

FC Bayern Muenchen Presents New Parntership With Konami Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich have jetted off to the United States for their preseason Audi Tour, where they will be for the next week for respective friendlies against Arsenal, Real Madrid, and AC Milan. Per a report by Bild, the squad was not accompanied by club President Uli Hoeness, financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen, nor sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. For Salihamidzic in particular, Rummenigge revealed that the reason why the sporting director was left behind was to try and work on transfers back in Munich without any sort of time difference issue (for European transfer targets):

Hasan decided to stay here. He’s better of here at the moment; he can do more than in America. On the trip, everything will go the right way even without him. But as for the transfer market, we’ve said that we will give updates somewhat less.

01 December 2018, Bremen: Soccer: Bundesliga, Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich, 13th matchday in the Weserstadion. Bavaria's sports director Hasan Salihamidzic during the interview.
Time to make some deals while the boys are away, Brazzo!
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Staying back in Munich ensures that Brazzo will be able to focus almost all of his attention on trying to finalize prospective transfers without having to worry about travelling to and within the United States, which the west coast is (mostly) nine hours behind Germany. Rummenigge was asked specifically about Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and whether or not a transfer for him will be finalized while the squad are away in the United States, to which he replied:

I can understand that that’s a name that raises great public interest, but let’s wait and see.

In addition to explaining Salihamidzic’s absence from the U.S. trip, the Bild report also mentions that the squad will be given the opportunity to meet former bodybuilder, seven-time Mr. Olympia champion Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Austrian native lived in Munich for a few years before he began his professional bodybuilding career and had also won a stone lifting competition there in 1967. They’ll also be paying a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles to open a Kurt Landauer exhibit. Lastly, they will also get the chance to pay a visit to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (first man on the moon) in Houston. It’s safe to say that the boys will be quite busy from the time they arrive in the U.S. up until the time they leave.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
MUNICH, WEST GERMANY - 1967: Young bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger wins stone-lifting contest in 1967 in Munich, West Germany.
Arnold Schwarzenegger MUNICH, WEST GERMANY - 1967: Young bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger wins stone-lifting contest in 1967 in Munich, West Germany.
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