Bayern Munich’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic declared in late April that he intended to sign “a top talent from Europe and also bring an international star to Munich.”

Two months later, on the day before he officially joined Bayern’s executive board, vaunted PSG talent Tanguy Kouassi was in Munich for his medical check before signing and news broke that Manchester City had agreed to a transfer of Leroy Sané for a fee of around €50 million. Mission accomplished.

As the calendar changed from June 30 to July 1, Salihamidzic has now officially joined Bayern Munich’s executive board alongside Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Jan-Christian Dreesen, Andreas Jung, Jörg Wacker, and Oliver Kahn.

Salihamidzic gave a timely in-depth interview to kicker and fielded several questions about his leadership style, the players he has signed, and what he looks for in new signings.

In his everyday work at Bayern, Salihamidzic says, “The interpersonal dimension is extremely important. It makes up a considerable part of my job.