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Oliver Kahn has announced a clarifying conversation with the club's management after the dispute over his departure from FC Bayern. "When everything has cooled down, we will sit down together and talk about everything in peace," the 53-year-old told the Bild newspaper. He defended his behaviour after the separation: "Everyone can certainly understand that I'm disappointed not to have been with the team yesterday."
On Saturday, immediately after winning the eleventh league title in a row, FC Bayern announced the separation from previous CEO Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić. Both had been informed of the decision on Friday after a supervisory board meeting. In retrospect, club president Herbert Hainer described the conversation with Kahn as "not consensual".
The former national goalkeeper Kahn was then not at the decisive game in Cologne on Saturday and also not at the championship celebration. Hainer justified this with the course of events on Thursday and Friday. Kahn had previously written on Twitter that he had been "prohibited by the club".
Kahn strives for a positive image
"I took on this responsibility because I wanted to give something back to the club," said the long-time Bayern goalkeeper. That was not an easy task after the very successful time with Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge."
Kahn looks back on his time with the Munich team with positive feelings. "The club is currently in a transitional phase, which is always difficult and in which mistakes sometimes happen. Even though the current situation is not easy at the moment, for me the many great experiences with FC Bayern far outweigh the negative ones," he said. This will not change even with the irritations of the last few days.«
Hainer is also more conciliatory
Previously, President Herbert Hainer had already verbally shook hands with Kahn. "We are always ready" to a reconciliation," Hainer said on the sidelines of the festivities at Marienplatz on BR, "I also wrote to Oliver, that I am always available for him."
Kahn is "an icon of FC Bayern," Hainer added: "I'm incredibly sorry that it's falling apart like this. I hope he understands and comes back."