Manuel Neuer backed Jan Sommer to succeed at Bayern Munich however questioned the goalkeeper coach’s sacking after he was injured whereas snowboarding.
Germany veteran Neuer suffered a season-ending damage to his decrease proper leg in a fall in December.
The 36-year-old underwent surgical procedure and the setback comes simply days after Germany have been knocked out of the World Cup within the group stage.
Bayern searched frantically to exchange their star keeper within the winter switch window, finally bringing in Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach in a deal Neuer had “no downside in any respect” with.
He instructed The Athletic: “I put an image in our WhatsApp group and apologised. I additionally known as the admins and apologized to them and mentioned I am sorry.
“I’m not a coward who hides. I defined every little thing to them, together with the background.
“He creates numerous work for the individuals who run the membership and perhaps he damage the workforce, yeah. I would not need to. I am the happiest individual when Sven Ulrich does a great job, as he at all times did when he stood up for me.
“When Jan was introduced in, I instructed the bosses I had no downside in any respect with that. I believe it is good that now we have two nice goalkeepers. I am a workforce participant. What occurs at Bayern Munich is essential to me.
“I have a look at the massive image, I do not take into consideration myself, my ache, and so on. I’ve a profession, I’ve a enterprise.
“I’m an essential a part of the workforce and likewise an essential a part of the membership and I need the membership and the workforce to be as profitable as attainable. That’s crucial factor for me.
“I’ve recognized Jan for a very long time and I do know he is a great man – and a great goalkeeper. The membership discovered a fantastic resolution. It was essential for me to have somebody there and never have to fret.”
Whereas Sommer eased Julian Nagelsmann’s goalkeeping issues, Bayern sacked Neuer’s longtime coach Toni Tapalović.
“That blow hit me exhausting,” Neuer added. “Tony was at all times a workforce participant with us, and everybody noticed it that manner.
“He has not labored for me for 11-and-a-half years, however for the entire group of goalkeepers, for the teaching workers and for the membership.
“We have at all times been in a position to separate work and personal life. I perceive it might sound like I am not goal or implausible, however I can actually inform the distinction.
“For me, that was a blow — once I was already on the bottom. It felt like my coronary heart was being ripped out. It was probably the most brutal factor I’ve ever been by way of in my profession. And I have been by way of rather a lot.”
Bayern is one level behind Union Berlin on the Bundesliga summit earlier than visiting Wolfsburg on Sunday.
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