The Bayern Munich boss wants to keep the talented American at the Allianz Arena, but a loan move to a rival club was ultimately completed.
Hansi Flick has revealed that he wanted to keep Chris Richards in his squad before he made the loan move to rivals Hoffenheim. The move will see the young defender finish the rest of the season away from his parent club.
Richards needed more game time and had to search elsewhere as he was not getting the minutes needed at Bayern. The league leaders fully believe that Richards will one day be a regular for the first team having already played eight matches with the first team, but patience is the key.
Paperworks completed for Chris Richards to join Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich on loan, no buy option. Done deal and here-we-go as Zirkzee from Bayern to Parma, he’s in Italy to sign today his contract; loan with buy option [€15m] included, no Everton for Joshua. 🔴 #bayern https://t.co/9Z16vRBziq
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Flick knows the benefits of Richards getting competitive minutes even though he was against the idea of sending him out on loan as he wanted him for squad depth. The plan is for Richards to return a much more established player and push for a first-team spot upon return.
Speaking to reporters Hansi Flick said:
“I wanted to keep Richards for the remainder of this season, but this move will be good for him so he can continue improving as a player.
“Bayern has done this in the past with Philipp Lahm and David Alaba, who were loaned to other teams and when they came back they made a huge impact.”
Lahm, a club legend was loaned out to Stuttgart from 2003 to 2005 and returned to captain the club to a Champions League and Bundesliga title a well as lifting the World Cup as captain of Germany. Lahm is regarded as one of the best to ever play in his position.
Defender David Alaba was also loaned out by Bayern and although he sees his future elsewhere, he started with a loan move to the same club as Richards, Hoffenheim.
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Ideally, Richards would like to follow in Lahm and Alaba’s footsteps with a loan move to show and prove his worth before returning to establish himself among the first-team.
Hansi Flick has made it clear he is a huge fan of the defender as he made it clear he did not want to loan him out.
However, with a move away now completed, everyone at the Allianz Arena has rubber-stamped his future to be solely with the German champions.