It has been a very busy few weeks for Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic. The 42-year-old has had his hands full in dealing with the transfer and loan agreements for Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho, and Michaël Cuisance.
Earlier today, Salihamidzic met with the press and discussed the recent changes to the roster (FCBayern.com):
We did some things and brought some players to FC Bayern. We are very satisfied with the high-caliber players we brought in, and I think we have a team that is very, very good on the international market. We will do everything we can to support the coach so that we can go far in all three competitions.
Salihamidzic’s loan deals for Perisic and Coutinho have brought a boost of experience to the roster, but Bayern’s sporting director indicated that the squad’s young players will still have an opportunity to earn playing time:
The boys train with the professional squad and have the same chance to play as the other pros, when the coach sets them up. I think we’re on the right track. Our coaching team will work hard with them; we’ll try to encourage and challenge and bring the boys to the point that they’re the future of FC Bayern.
Regarding Coutinho, Salihamidzic said that it would be up to coach Niko Kovac if the 27-year-old midfielder would make his debut this weekend:
The coach will decide whether he’ll already play against Schalke; he always has the last word.
Finally, Salihamidzic addresses the unhappiness of Renato Sanches and his post-game outburst from last weekend:
Renato had three appearances at the start of the season in Dortmund, in the Pokal match from the start, and on the weekend. We’ll see; we’ll keep all our options open until September 2nd. That’s all I want to say.
While the immediate reaction from Bayern Munich was that Renato Sanches would be staying put, it seems as if Salihamidzic did not rule out a move prior to the deadline.