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Oliver Bierhoff says DFB won’t speak with coaches under contract

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Hansi Flick’s contractual status with Bayern Munich could hinder the DFB’s pursuit of the sextuple winner.

Germany Training Session And Press Conference Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images

When Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick announced last Saturday that he intended to leave the club after the season, it was unclear just how easy that would be. After all, Bayern Munich has shown no inclination to let the coach break end his deal early.

Flick’s long-rumored destination is allegedly to take over for Joachim Löw with Germany, but making that move might be easier said than done.

According to a report from kicker (as captured by Sport Bild), the DFB — via Germany national team director Oliver Bierhoff — reiterated its stance that it will not pursue a coach that is under contract with another entity.

“In this case, too, the following applies: As long as a coach is in an ongoing contractual relationship — and I understand that this is still the case with Hansi Flick and FC Bayern — we won’t actively talk to him. It is no longer a surprise that Hansi is extremely valued by the DFB.”

Flick’s deal with Bayern Munich ends in 2023. At this point, it is hard to figure out exactly what will happen with Flick’s contract saga. The DFB is not inclined to pay for a coach and Bayern Munich is equally reluctant to let Flick walk away early. All the while, Flick wants to leave because he and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic have not been able to get on the same page.