After Bayern Munich’s 3-0 triumph over Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gifted Hansi Flick a pen during a toast at Bayern’s post-match banquet in London, saying that “we sometimes sign papers with pens.”
Of course, there’s plenty to speculate about what Rummenigge said in his toast, but it’s implied that it has to do with Flick potentially being offered a permanent managerial contract at some point in the near future.
Flick’s wife, Silke, was quick to make sure she put the pen in her purse after Hansi had opened his gift to make sure he didn’t do anything rash with it (AZ):
My wife took it after the banquet and said, “I’m taking this home so you don’t do anything stupid.”
Flick’s wife was joking, of course, but we can thank her for ensuring that her husband wouldn’t potentially entertain the idea of signing for another club based on how well he’s done for Bayern thus far. Top European clubs have surely taken notice of how well Bayern has been playing since he’s taken charge. For that, we have to say; danke Frau Flick!
In today’s press conference reviewing Bayern’s trip to Hoffenheim, Flick jokingly said that he “hasn’t tested out” the pen yet. He continued to say that the kind gesture from Rummenigge isn’t something he’s reading too much into. He doesn’t want to get tangled into talking about contracts with the press and cause any unnecessary speculation, especially since it’s a topic he’s remained relaxed about:
I’m well advised not to get sucked into such things. I have very good contact and communication with the front office. That is not a topic for me currently.