Update — Sunday, July 9th, 5:00PM EDT: Goretzka lost his safety net
More information was released regarding Leon Goretzka’s tenuous situation at Bayern Munich and it really does not bode well for the Germany international. It appears that the sacking of sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić has cost Goretzka his biggest supporter:
Goretzka was enjoying protection and support from Salihamidžić, who had an emotional bond with the player, as he was his first transfer as sporting director. Now with Brazzo gone, things could be tight for Goretzka.
It seems like Thomas Tuchel is not really planning with Goretzka at this stage. If so, the 28-year-old is going to have to make a very tough decision: Stay where he likes the club and accept a reduced role...or move on and take advantage of being in the prime of his career.
Goretzka is allowed to leave Bayern with a suitable offer. The club is aware Goretzka’s situation is difficult under Tuchel. The player, however, wants to fight for his spot. Internally, as of now, the club is considering Laimer in the double pivot.
There are rumors that Tuchel is not a fan of Goretzka, which could expedite matters as well. Whatever the case, Bayern Munich’s midfield is in a somewhat tenuous position. Joshua Kimmich and Konrad Laimer are “in” for next season, while Raphael Guerreiro could certainly find himself playing in the central midfield as well.
From there, however, things get murky.
Goretzka’s situation is cloudy at best, while Marcel Sabitzer is expected to leave the club this summer, and Ryan Gravenberch has been extremely unhappy with his limited role at the club.
How this all plays out is anyone’s guess...do you have one? Tell us in the comments! We speculated on this exact situation in the latest edition of the Weekend Warm-up Podcast as well, so check that out.
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