Herbert Hainer, president of Bayern Munich, the German football champion, criticized Barcelona and its coach, Xavi Hernandez, after allegations that the Spanish club had expressed interest in Joshua Kimmich, stressing that the international player was not for sale.
“I don’t quite understand why they are chasing our player so openly and crudely,” Hainer told Sky Sports today, Saturday.
He added, “Joshua Kimmich is an essential element with us, he is a leader, he is our third captain and he has already won many titles with us, and he will win more titles with us in the future.”
Barcelona coach Xavi described Kimmich as a “outstanding player” in his position and understands the requirements of football.
When asked if Kimmich might become a successor to Sergio Busquets with Barcelona, Xavi indicated, “Kimmich is bound by a contract. If the door opens, there will be talks with Bayern Munich.”
Kimmich said last Tuesday, “I have two years left on my contract with Bayern Munich, and we have big plans there.”
Barcelona had contacted Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s top scorer, until he persuaded him to leave the German champion and move to the Spanish team at the beginning of last season, in a deal that negatively affected the Bavarian team, which won the German League with difficulty after being eliminated from the Champions League.