Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn had a legendary playing career and understands the unique dynamic players face in weighing loyalty to a club vs. earning as much as they can in what amounts to a brief period of their respective lives.
It is not something that Kahn would ever say is easy to manage. Still, the CEO realizes what players are working through to make key, strategic decisions for their careers.
“Of course I know that money always plays a role. But a player is also a person who should think about it: A career goes by faster than you think — and how should the fans then remember you? What should they say about me in the end? Where should I be placed? FC Bayern has an incredible amount to offer its players,” Kahn told the club website. “Everyone should be aware of that. In the past, many players at FC Bayern have realized just what is possible here. And no one has ever regretted spending a long time at the club.”
Interestingly, several Bayern Munich players have faced this exact predicament over the past 12 months. Some have moved on and some look like they are staying for the long-haul. No matter what, though, this is surely something that will only be come more and more prevalent as players become less and less fixated on playing for one club.