Former national player Dietmar Hamann sharply criticized Manuel Neuer for his sensational interview statements against FC Bayern. “Some of these quotes are simply embarrassing for me,” said the 49-year-old on Saturday in his capacity as an expert on pay-TV broadcaster Sky. “It’s about his own vanity, he puts himself first and not the club.” When asked if Neuer would ever play for Bayern again, Hamann replied: “Rather no”.
In an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “The Athletic”, Neuer verbally attacked the record champions’ club management for separating from goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. That was “the most blatant” thing he had experienced in his career, said the newcomer who had been missing for a long time with a broken leg. “It was a blow for me when I was already on the ground. I had the feeling my heart was being ripped out.” At the request of the German Press Agency, Bayern boss Oliver Kahn announced “clear talks” with Neuer.
Tapalovic is a close confidant of the national goalkeeper and was also the best man at Neuer’s wedding. Hamann said that this personal relationship was problematic after Yann Sommer was signed as transition number one. “Tapalovic’s departure was the only right decision for me,” said the TV expert, who once played for Bayern himself.
Former Bayern leader Stefan Effenberg is also critical of Neuer’s statements. “Nothing and nobody is above the club. No player, no coach is bigger than Bayern Munich. No, the club is always the most important thing,” wrote the 54-year-old in his column for the news portal “t-online” and provided the next one Cooperation between Neuer and FC Bayern is an option.
The goalkeeper should “think about whether it makes any sense for him, after these allegations, to still fulfill his contract with FC Bayern, which is valid until 2024 – or whether it is perhaps better to leave the club”. Effenberg would “not be surprised” if he said goodbye next summer.
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