The end of a club season sometimes bring joy, sometimes brings relief, and all too often beings a bit of sadness.
At Bayern Munich, the squad seems to be universally upset that David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez all exited the club.
For Serge Gnabry, it was tough to take.
“It’s a shame for me when people with whom I am very close friends leave the club,” said Gnabry in a recent interview with SPOX. “Over the years you just get used to being with guys like David, Jerome or Javi, sharing the locker room with them and doing a lot together privately. I am very sad about it — and will miss him every day.”
When pressed about Alaba’s exit — and the perception that he is greedy for taking a more lucrative deal from Real Madrid — Gnabry thinks everyone should be more understanding.
“I think we footballers are often misunderstood. In public, nobody knows exactly what is going on behind the scenes, what has been talked about, what ultimately the motives for saying goodbye are,” said Gnabry. “At the end of the day, people say, ‘The footballers are all about the money anyway,’ but I don’t think it’s all about the money. As an outsider, you are in a different position and judge by what you hear and read, but that doesn’t mean you are automatically right.”