Bayern Munich abruptly announced the signing of Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Mickael Cuisance in the Coutinho-induced transfer chaos after their 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin. Now that the dust has settled, some are wondering why Cuisance agreed to transfer to Bayern at all, given his disgruntled existence on Gladbach’s bench.
Gladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl was puzzled by the decision, since Cuisance seemed resolved to leave Gladbach for lack of playing time:
It surprised me, but it was not me who reached that decision. A young player has to play, and I think that Bayern has an outstanding roster. It won’t be any easier for a young player to play there than with us.
Eberl described Cuisance as “a player who no longer saw himself on our path, but decided on another one. We reacted in kind and sold him,” he told Sport1. The club tried to convince Cuisance to stay:
We had very, very intense months in which we showed him many things, in which we showed him examples of how young players also sometimes have to and should overcome obstacles. He didn’t see that chance for himself anymore.
Cuisance drew the club’s ire after he demanded a guarantee that he would be a starter before even speaking once with new coach Marco Rose. Rose, for his part, seemed glad to be rid of him:
He showed behavior that he definitely will not show his new employer. Exactly that is the point. That doesn’t fly here either.
Rose stated openly at the post-game press conference after Gladbach’s scoreless draw against Schalke that Gladbach had “become too small” for Cuisance and so a transfer was “indispensable.”
Where Cuisance sees himself at Bayern, and where Bayern sees him, are questions that only this season can answer.