Stefan Effenberg would not be surprised by a premature split between Bayern Munich and Manuel Neuer following the captain’s critical interviews with the club.
The goalkeeper should “think about whether it makes sense for him to fulfill his contract, which runs until 2024 – or maybe leave the club,” Effenberg wrote in his column for the news portal t-online.
He even has the feeling that “it will amount to a farewell. It would not surprise me if there was a separation in the summer,” said the former international and Bayern captain.
Neuer “certainly made life very difficult, if not impossible, for Bayern in the future,” wrote Effenberg – also with a view to working with coach Julian Nagelsmann. He knows from his own experience how important the connection between the coach and the captain “is in such a club”.
In two word-for-word interviews with the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the portal The Athletic massively complained about the end of his confidant Toni Tapalovic with the German record champions (“Heart ripped out”). According to Effenberg, he should have accepted this personnel decision without complaint. “Nothing and nobody is above the club. No player, no coach is bigger than Bayern Munich. No, the club is always the most important thing,” he wrote.