Joshua Kimmich has been considered a future Bayern captain for some time. In recent years, the 27-year-old has taken on more responsibility both on and off the pitch at the German record champion. According to current media reports, Kimmich could take over the captain’s armband from Manuel Neuer much sooner than thought.
There is a big question mark behind Manuel Neuer’s (sporting) future. After his recent statements and the sharp criticism of the club’s management, there is a need for discussion between club and player. The relationship between Julian Nagelsmann and the 36-year-old is also considered strained. The sacking of goalkeeping coach and Neuer intimate Toni Tapalovic could become a real test for the record champion.
Will Neuer remain FCB captain? Nagelsmann: „This is music for the future“.
Nagelsmann was very cautious about Neuer on Sunday. The FCB coach made it clear that „the door is always open.“ However, the 35-year-old also explained that it is now Neuer’s turn to take a step towards those responsible: „You can always talk to me – but others are now in the debt to bring.“ According to his own statements, there has been no exchange between the two since the interview.“
As reported by the „BILD“, Neuer is in danger of losing his position as team captain next season. According to the paper, Joshua Kimmich could become Bayern’s new captain next season. Kimmich has been considered the next FCB captain for some time. The 27-year-old is already the first contact for Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann himself did not want to comment on this topic at the moment. Above all, he left open whether Neuer would remain captain after his public criticism: „Manu is injured. Manu has to get better. He doesn’t have an easy phase because of the decision and because of the injury. I hope that he will get healthy. Everything else is then future music.“
Neuer has been team captain at the German record champion since the summer of 2017.