In all, Flick covered his feelings on Leroy Sané, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Sergino Dest, and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Interestingly, Flick talked as if he was seeking to clear up any confusion that he and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic were not aligned.
“It is always said that Hudson-Odoi and Dest were my desired players, but they were our desired players,” said Flick (as captured by Tz). “We decided that we wanted to add players for the wide areas and that is what we did. Havertz, Werner, and Sané were mentioned, I would have loved to have all three, but we all decided on Sané. He’s a player who makes a difference.”
The statement could easily be considered to be a retort to the multitude of stories that have hit the media of late indicating that Flick and Salihamidzic are not on the same page.
After the game, Flick indicated that he met with Salihamidzic to talk through their differences.
“We both approached each other and sorted it out. It was a short conversation, but we acted in the best interest of the club,” said Flick, who said the conversation took place earlier in the day.
No doubt, both men would love for the media frenzy surrounding their rumored disagreements to end sooner rather than later.