Speaking on Sky90 via Sky Germany, Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer calmed suggestions that there’s unrest between Hansi Flick and Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic at the club. For not the first time since Flick has taken charge of the club, speculation has risen that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with Brazzo as the two have been very opinionated with their views on transfer policies in recent windows.
Of course, the board structure at Bayern gives Brazzo more of a say in transfer matters as well as the club’s executive and supervisory board, which is part of the reason why Flick could be left feeling frustrated and he’s been thrust further into the limelight with his links to succeed Joachim Löw as the next German national team manager.
When he was asked about the Flick/Brazzo speculation, Hainer provided a sense of calm. “We are very relaxed about it, it is not the first and the last excitement that there was at Bayern. There is also a lot interpreted into it. It is definitely not as it is publicly portrayed,” he explained. He said it’s clear that they’re “two opinionated types,” but added “[they] both have the same goal. In the last 18 months the two have built a team that has won six titles and plays attractive football. It can’t be that bad. They don’t have to be lovers. They have to work well together — and they do that.”
Hainer also went on to affirm that it is Bayern’s expectation that Flick will fulfill the rest of his contract at the club. It currently runs through 2023 and Hainer said he “firmly assumes” that Flick will see it out despite being linked with taking over Die Mannschaft after this summer’s European Championships. The DFB has already made it clear they will announce Low’s successor before the tournament starts.
As was the case prior to Bayern kicking off against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Hainer said he knows it “annoys Flick when he is always asked about his future.” He added, “he has a great team and a great infrastructure. You don’t just give that away.” He even went as far as saying that Bayern were “victims” of Flick’s constant link to the Germany job as it causes unnecessary attention around the club that Flick always has to deal with, but that comes with the territory of the quick success he’s already brought Bayern.