FFor the first time since his knee operation, international soccer player Joshua Kimmich gave an insight into his mental life, which was damaged by the serious injury. “My knee felt like shit. (…) I was afraid that I would wake up and my knee would still be stiff. Then there was the fear of the operation itself, ”said Kimmich in the special annual review of Stern magazine.
The 25-year-old reported that it “certainly played a role” that it was the first operation on him. In addition, it was previously unclear what exactly would happen during the operation. “It would have been better and healthier to sew,” said Kimmich, “but then I would have been out for four to five months.” But sewing was not possible, which is why a part of the meniscus was removed and he got away with a six-week break.
Kimmich is already training with the ball again and is scheduled to return in January. “I immediately had the feeling that my knee was going to be back,” he said, “the relief was great.” Before the injury that the Bayern professional suffered in the classic at Borussia Dortmund (3-2) at the beginning of November, “I did felt invulnerable, ”reported Kimmich. Through additional training, he had acquired “a certain amount of armor” that gave him the confidence: “Nothing can happen.” Kimmich emphasized that he was convinced that this armor “will also protect him in the future”.
Bayern President Herbert Hainer sees the potential of Leroy Sané’s transfer of king as far from being exhausted. “I believe that Leroy Sane can do a lot more,” said Hainer at Sport1, but took the national player into protection. The long injury, the resulting mental strain, the difficult integration in an absolutely top team, “you have to work your way into that first. That doesn’t happen overnight. ”At FC Bayern,“ everyone is convinced of its potential. He has brilliant things about himself “, emphasized Hainer and demanded:” You have to give him time. “
The president also spoke out in favor of Thomas Müller’s comeback in the national team. “In his current condition, Thomas Müller can help any team in the world – and Joachim Löw has said that he wants to send the best team onto the field for success,” said the 66 year old. Hainer wished the DFB that he would “deal with his differences of opinion internally” and appear more “closed” again in the future. After the decision for national coach Löw: “We would all do well to support him in the interests of German football.”
Hainer also revealed the contract term of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic (43) at Bayern. “In the summer we extended his contract by three years until 2023 when we made him sport director,” he said. Former professional footballer Salihamidzic started as sports director at his previous club in 2017. At the end of last year, the German record champions’ supervisory board decided to appoint Salihamidzic to the board of directors of FC Bayern München AG with effect from July 1, 2020. The position of the sports director had been vacant since Matthias Sammer’s premature departure in summer 2016.
“We are absolutely convinced of him,” said Hainer in the interview about Salihamidzic: “After just three years as sports director, we were able to see what moves Hasan here.” Hainer highlighted the increased successes in youth work. “We won numerous titles with players that Hasan won with his scouting department. It also makes a lot of sense how he thinks about the future and wants to set up our team, ”said the club president.
Contract periods of three years are a very common time frame for board members at FC Bayern. The designated CEO Oliver Kahn (51) had signed a five-year contract when he returned to the record champions at the beginning of the year. The former national goalkeeper and Bayern captain is to take over from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the end of 2021 at the head of the six-person Munich board. Rummenigge does not want to extend his contract, which will then expire, and will withdraw from the management of the club at the age of 65.