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Niko Kovac apologizes for Leroy Sane comments, but doesn’t regret telling the “truth”

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It was not all sunshine and 6-1 victories over Fenerbahce for Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac today.

Bayern Muenchen v Fenerbahce - Audi Cup 2019 Semi Final Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac admitted that he let his excitement over the possibility that Manchester City’s Leroy Sane might join the Bavarians get the better of him. Speaking to ZDF (as captured by Bild reporter Tobias Altschäffl), Kovac explained that he realized his comments went too far and detailed what measures he took to make amends:

I spoke with Pep (Guardiola) and apologized for my remark. I was too offensive, I’ll restrain myself in the future. I’d also like to apologize to the club (City).

While apologetic, Kovac also stuck to his guns and said he was only telling the truth about what was going on, which might cause some issues internally:

Unwittingly, Kovac’s comments put some undue pressure on Bayern front office officials to get a deal done, while also irritating Manchester City. It was a true, double-whammy of a gaffe by Kovac.

Kovac might not have intended to initiate any controversy, but the quote below rubbed both Manchester officials and fans the wrong way:

Our leadership is very engaged in the situation there. I’m confident and assume that we will get him.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was blunt when asked about the controversy as he issued the following terse statement (as featured in the tweet below): “I didn’t like [Kovac’s] statement about Sané.”

Poor Niko seems to be digging himself a hole internally at Bayern, but he also indicated that Serge Gnabry’s status was nothing serious. The move to remove Gnabry from Bayern’s 6-1 win over Fenerbahce was more precautionary than anything as noted in the tweet below: