Manuel Neuer will more than likely NEVER play for Bayern Munich again, claim reports in Germany – after the veteran was blasted by club legends for attacking the decision to sack the long-term goalkeeping coach
Manuel Neuer’s Bayern Munich career is more than likely over, according to reports in Germany.
The goalkeeper was distraught after the German giants sacked the long-term goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic and attacked the club’s decision in a frank interview.
And BILD claim it is now 65 per cent likely that the veteran stopper, who is out for about five months after breaking his leg while skiing, will never play for the club again in aftermath of the saga.
Neuer had told the Athletic: ‘That blow hit me extremely hard… It came out of nowhere. For Toni too. I didn’t understand that at all. It really knocked me down.
‘For me, that was a blow — when I was already down on the ground (about his injury). I felt like my heart was being ripped out. It was the most brutal thing I’ve experienced in my career. And I’ve experienced a lot.
Manuel Neuer’s Bayern Munich career is more than likely over, claim reports in Germany – after the goalkeeper hit out at the club for sacking long-term goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic
Tapalovic (right) is a close friend of Neuer and was best man at the 36-year-old’s wedding
Manager Julian Nagelsmann reportedly sacked him due to suspicions of leaking information
‘Everyone in our goalkeeper group was torn to pieces. People burst into tears… There was no reason that I could comprehend. Things were said that I don’t agree with. Nothing I heard would have ruled out the possibility of people talking to each other and sorting things out.’
Club legends have slammed Neuer for his outspoken comments, with CEO Oliver Kahn warning ‘we will speak to him very clearly’ about his public grievances.
While Lothar Matthaus savaged Neuer, insisting he is no longer acceptable as Bayern captain, as Nagelsmann moaned the interview ‘doesn’t help calm things down’ amid their fierce Bundesliga title race.
BILD reports that Nagelsmann was the ‘driving force’ behind the sacking of Tapalovic who is Neuer’s close friend and was best man at his wedding, because he suspected the 42-year-old was leaking information.
Tapalovic was believed to be passing on internal chats between staff members to Neuer, which then found its way into the changing room – but Neuer denied this, adding: ‘No. One hundred per cent no. Toni never did that, under any coach.’
Neuer, who has represented the club he currently captains 489 times in all competitions across 12 seasons, is reportedly threatened with a heavy fine, which could threaten his future in Bavaria.
With Bayern forced to sign Yann Sommer from Borussia Monchengladbach in January to cover Neuer’s long-term injury and the potential return of Alexander Nubel from his loan at Monaco, Neuer could be left out in the cold – with BILD rating the chances of that happening at around 65 per cent.
It is added that the Neuer saga could lead to Nagelsmann’s sacking (10 per cent), or that the 117-cap international may return to action with Bayern as he targets the 2024 European Championship on home soil in 2024.
Club icon Lothar Matthaus slammed his comments, saying he should be stripped as captain
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