After a conversation with DFB President Fritz Keller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge took a position on the future of Hansi Flick for the first time and made the position of FC Bayern very clear.
The German football record champions want to continue the era that has just begun with the 56-year-old Flick, who will be his successor after the announcement by national coach Joachim Löw (61) after the European Championship this summer, beyond the end of the season.
"We'd be crazy if we let our coach go early now," said Rummenigge on Monday.
The chairman of the board of the German top club, which traditionally also saves most of the national players, reported on an exchange with association boss Keller at the beginning of the week: “I think the DFB's decision not to contact a coach who is contractually bound beyond June 30, 2021, is serious and correct is. "Rummenigge thanked Keller for the" open conversation "and added a key fact for him:" He has once again confirmed the attitude of the DFB, which I find very decent. "
At a press conference with Löw and Keller last week, the national team director Oliver Bierhoff, who was commissioned by the DFB Presidium to look for a successor, announced that the association “did not want to intervene in existing contracts” with candidates.
Flick is bound in Munich until June 30, 2023.
"Every agreement includes both rights and obligations," said Rummenigge.
It was an announcement to all parties involved.
Hymn of praise for Flick
The board boss Rummenigge, who is leaving Munich at the end of the year, continues to rely on Flick, who replaced Niko Kovac initially on an interim basis and then permanently as head coach in November 2019.
“I would like to remind you that we are currently experiencing the most successful period in FC Bayern's history.
The team, headed by coach Hansi Flick, has won six titles in the past few months and has achieved something historic, ”he said.
Trophies are within reach again this season.
"We are currently leading the Bundesliga table by four points and are also on track in the Champions League," said Rummenigge.
On Wednesday, the defending champion in the premier class will receive Lazio Rome after a 4-1 win in Italy for the second leg of the round of 16.
"In addition, the team plays very attractive football," remarked Rummenigge in his recent laudation to successful coach Flick.
There was no clear no from Flick
In contrast to Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp, Flick has so far not said a clear no to the national coaching job from the summer.
“I don't care about the things that are around.
I would like to work very successfully here at Bayern Munich and win several titles, ”he said recently.
There is no speculation about what my future will look like, he added.
Hansi Flick refers to his contract with Bayern.
At the same time, he does not explicitly rule out an interest in becoming a national coach
Like Rummenigge, Flick referred to his contract in Munich until 2023. He has a “top team” and he “has a lot of fun” with his work.
As Löw's assistant, he became world champion with the national team in Brazil in 2014.
He then moved to the post of sports director at the DFB.
However, he gave up this prematurely in January 2017.
According to Keller and Bierhoff, the DFB does not feel any time pressure when looking for a successor to Löw.
Keller said there were "no restrictions on thinking" among the potential candidates.
The former Bundesliga coach Ralf Rangnick, who is not a club and would be available, expressed public interest last week.
Record national player Lothar Matthäus would also be ready.
An internal association (transitional) solution with U21 coach Stefan Kuntz or Löw's current assistant coach Marcus Sorg would also be conceivable.