The Sunday edition of Bild contained a surprise for Bayern Munich: a full-length telephone interview with Manuel Neuer and his agent Thomas Kroth. Kroth prefaced the discussion with the following explanation: “We normally never say anything about ongoing contract negotiations, but we currently have the impression that a picture of Manuel Neuer is being drawn in public that is simply wrong.”

Hansi Flick the last domino

The impression in question is namely that Neuer is wrong to make demands of Bayern in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic. Kroth explained the timing of the negotiations as a consequence of Bayern’s recent decision to extend Hansi Flick. “There already were signals in the winter that the club would like to extend and was ready for talks.” Then, of course, it remained unclear who would coach Bayern in the coming years.

Neuer explained why he felt that the extension of coach Hansi Flick encouraged his own interest in extending with Bayern: