Bayern Munich director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic responded to several questions about current transfer candidates, both incoming and outgoing, in a detailed interview with Bild am Sonntag. We have published his remarks about his own standing and views on his erstwhile detractors in a separate article. Below are Salihamidzic’s responses to questions about a variety of players:
Salihamidzic: “Thomas has played a strong season. He is happy and we are happy that he extended his contract. But the entire team’s performance is emblematic [for the development under Hansi Flick] in my view.”
S: “Jerome is doing his thing very well, and we are not at the end of the season yet. We have major tasks and goals ahead of us until August 23. We will talk after that.”
S: “Lucas did not have an easy start at FC Bayern. That’s common knowledge. We are convinced of his strengths and back him unreservedly. I’m certain that he will still be very valuable for our team.”
S: “Thiago is trying everything right now to get fit for the season finale after his groin operation. We are communicating.”
S: “We are happy to have signed, in our opinion, the greatest German goalkeeping talent.”
S: “We will not comment on transfer topics unless we can say something.”
S: “You know my answer.”
Salihamidzic was also asked whether the breakthrough of Alphonso Davies sends an important signal with respect to future transfer decisions. Salihamidzic said, “We have a philosophy. We need top international and national players, and we need top talents who we develop for our pros. I think that is becoming evident.”
Salihamidzic believes Bayern Munich can win both the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League, but “it will be a hard path” and the first stop is to win the DFB-Pokal final. He is confident that the players will emerge from the brief break before the Champions League resumes in August just as ready to play as they were after the coronavirus suspension.
“When will Bayern actually not be champion again,” Bild asked. “Nice try,” Salihamidzic replied.