Manuel Neuer’s interview is currently causing quite a stir in soccer Germany and, above all, a lot of unrest at FC Bayern. The 36-year-old goalkeeper has publicly attacked the club and sharply criticized the sacking of his close confidant and Toni Tapalovic. According to Hasan Salihamidzic, he has thus put his personal interests above those of the club. The 46-year-old made it clear that the Bayern bosses are disappointed by the statements of their captain.
After club boss Oliver Kahn, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has now also spoken out about Manuel Neuer’s explosive interview. Unlike Kahn, the Bosnian had much harsher words for Neuer: „I understand that Manuel is personally affected. But I would have expected different behavior from him, especially as the captain,“ he explained in an interview with german newspaper „BILD am Sonntag“. The 46-year-old also stressed that it had been a „humanly difficult decision“ for all involved to part company with Tapalovic. But this had „nothing whatsoever to do with Manuel,“ Salihamidzic assured.
„We will discuss this rationally with him internally“.
According to rumors, Neuer is facing a massive fine because the interview was not authorized by the club. Ex-Bayern pro Philipp Lahm had to pay almost 50,000 euros for a similar offense back in 2010. Salihamidzic: „If there are consequences, we will first talk about it with Manuel himself. But we will discuss it rationally with him internally.“
The Bayern sports director makes no secret of the fact that those responsible at Bayern are disappointed with Neuer and his actions: „The disappointment that he describes because of Tapa’s release, that also prevails with us, because Manuel has put his personal interests here above the interests of the club.“
Neuer had sharply criticized the club management of FC Bayern for the separation of goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic in an interview with the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ and „The Athletic“. According to the paper, this was „the most brutal“ thing he had experienced in his career so far: „For me, it was a blow when I was already down. I felt like my heart was being ripped out.“