When Michael Cuisance joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Mönchengladbach, there seemed to be bad blood between the player and his former club, but there was no obvious reason why. Now, reports have emerged that shed some light on the situation.
According to Sport Bild, Cuisance made every attempt to annoy his bosses at Gladbach and force a move to Bayern. The list of his antics includes:
- Training with open shoes.
- Refusing to shake hands with his teammates when a player wanted to apologize for a harmless foul. Cuisance simply turned his back on them.
- Faking a groin injury ahead of Gladbach’s opening DFB Pokal game when he learned that he would be in the squad. Why? He wanted to avoid a real injury that might prevent his transfer to Bayern at all costs.
These reports will greatly concern both fans and the bosses of FC Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness in particular. Hoeness is know for his disdain for players who force their way out of clubs, going back to when he criticized Ousmane Dembele for his behavior during the move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.
What we can be sure about is that there is no way the Bayern bosses would have sanctioned behavior like this, and the responsibility lies with Cuisance and his entourage. Bayern have endured some criticism for their transfer tactics this summer, but over the years, no player that we’ve been linked with has done something this unprofessional, even in cases where it could have helped them move (see: Callum Hudson-Odoi).
What’s done is done, but hopefully this transfer doesn’t set a precedent for what we’ll see going forward.