Thomas Muller has been criticised by Bayern Munich after claiming talk of the club’s interest in Kai Havertz was ‘paradoxical’ while current players had been forced to take salary cuts.
It was reported in March that first team stars were taking a 20 per cent pay cut to support club employees due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
But that has not stopped the transfer market clicking into gear, with Bayern fighting a number of top European clubs, including Chelsea, for German midfielder Havertz.
Thomas Muller has been rebuked for questioning the logic of Bayern Munich’s transfer stance
Bayern have been one of a number of leading clubs linked with a move for Kai Havertz
Muller was asked about a potential move for the Bayer Leverkusen star following Bayern’s midweek victory Eintracht Frankfurt, saying it was, ‘a little paradoxical to insist on talking about new signings and at the same time save on salaries’
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says he has spoken to the veteran forward since to iron out the issues raised.
‘After the cup game, Thomas, when he wasn’t so happy with the team’s performance, maybe chose the wrong path with his words,’ Salihamidzic told Sky Germany .
‘We talked about it the next day. We sat down and I told him it wasn’t correct.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has spoken to Muller about his comments
‘He understood that, he’s a very, very intelligent boy, a very, very intelligent player.’
Muller had been fulsome in his praise of Havertz, who has attracted the interest of the European elite after his displays for Leverkusen this season.
He added: ‘The last times I was with the national team I had the pleasure of training and playing with him.
‘He has great qualities and naturally Bayern always wants to have players with the best qualities.’
The 20-year-old has scored five goals in five appearances since the return of Bundesliga after a two-month hiatus due to the pandemic.