Perhaps Bayern Munich should have had second thoughts when Michael Cuisance accelerated his exit from Borussia Mönchengladbach by slacking off in training, showing bad attitude, and faking a minor injury to skip a game and the attendant risk of injury before his ill-fated transfer.
Bayern had apparently already made up its collective mind at that point, however, and the rest is history.
Now, according to Bild+, Cuisance has “10 days” to prove himself to Julian Nagelsmann. Bild claims, “Internally, it is often discussed how he considers himself much too good to be a bench player. And that he has little interest in working on himself and torturing himself.” Bild duly spotted him sitting on a ball at training on Tuesday while his teammates had already started a crossing exercise. Typisch.
The idea that Cuisance could “prove himself” to Julian Nagelsmann in these final ten days of preparation is absurd. The only thing he has proven in the two years since his stormy transfer from Gladbach is that Bayern should have heeded the warning signs and that Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl was right: “It won’t be any easier for a young player to play there than with us.”
Bild adds that Cuisance shows little urgency in training, even when Nagelsmann gives him instructions and encourages him.
Cuisance, alas, is signed through June 2024—a long, long time.
That is the same end date, incidentally, as for the contract of Bouna Sarr, who along with Cuisance must be regarded as one of the club’s biggest miscalculations. Bayern undoubtedly wants to be rid of both players, but a buyer has proven elusive.
Bayern hoped that Marseille would exercise its purchase option at the end of last season, but the French had seen more than enough of Cuisance by the end. He amassed 1,022 minutes for Marseille, most of which he accumulated early in the season. From February on, he played primarily as a reserve, if at all.
Bayern and Cuisance may be stuck with one another for a while, though, unless Bayern can find a suitor to whom he would condescend.