Bayern Munich, of course, will have a lot to with that decision as the Bavarians have helped mold Richards since he joined the club on a loan assignment in 2018. Plettenberg tweeted out his report, which states that Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen has already let his counterpart at Bayern Munich, Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic, know about TSG 1899’s intentions:
Update Chris #Richards: Hoffenheim would like to extend the loan, but would prefer to sign him permanently. Rosen has signalled to Salihamidzic that he is willing to talk. TSG is totally satisfied with his development and appreciates him – athletically & personally. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 8, 2021
Richards immediately became a starter when moving to Hoffenheim and has proven to be a very capable defender for manager Sebastian Hoeneß. Hoeneß had previous experience in working with Richards at Bayern Munich II, where Hoeneß earned acclaim for powering Bayern’s amateur side to a 3. Liga title.
Richards, meanwhile, has always shown great promise as a defender and it seizing the opportunity to prove himself in the Bundesliga. A potential move will likely come down to three factors:
- Richards’ willingness to make a move — either for an extended loan or a permanent transfer.
- Bayern Munich’s strategic planning for its roster.
- The sum Hoffenheim would be willing to pay for Richards.
Richards is slated to return to Bayern Munich after this season and has a contract that runs through the 2022/2023 season.