Hansi Flick has announced he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season after falling out with the club’s sporting director.
The Bayern boss – who led them to success in the Champions League in 2020 – has asked the club to terminate his contract early after several disagreements with Hasan Salihamidzic over last summer’s transfer dealings.
The 56-year-old – who is currently contracted until the summer of 2023 – was frustrated with how the club allowed Thiago Alcantara to leave and failed to find suitable cover for Robert Lewandowski.
Speaking after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg, he said: ‘I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.’
Flick also added that becoming Germany’s new manager in the summer remains ‘an option’.
He has been touted to take over as the head coach of the Germany national team, with Joachim Low set to leave after Euro 2020 after 15 years at the helm.
Having taken over from Niko Kovac in November 2019, Flick has won six trophies in 18 months with the Bundesliga side.
That track record puts him at the top of the candidate shortlist – according to German legend Matthaus, who believes that Bayern’s Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain was a catalyst for his departure.
He said: ‘I already said two weeks ago that in my opinion, this is Hansi Flick’s last season,’ he said.
‘I’ve said that Hansi Flick is right at the top of the DFB [German Football Federation] list, and then nothing else for a long time. There’s an offer from the DFB, yes.
That means the last game against Augsburg at home will be Hansi Flick’s last game as head coach of Bayern.’
RB Leipzig manager Julien Nagelsmann has subsequently been linked with Bayern job.
Prior to Flick’s announcement, Nagelsmann insisted he was happy at RB Leipzig and that he nor his representatives had held talks with the Bundesliga leaders.
Nagelsmann has impressed since taking the charge at Leipzig in 2019 – guiding guided them to the semi final of the Champions League last season.