As I explained in a previous update, the club is going to be going through a period of transition as the older legendary members of the club depart and the youngsters have their chance to shine. David Alaba has left for Manchester City whereas Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller have not had their contract renewed and have since left the club. It looks like Martinez is heading to see out his career at Roma whereas Muller is looking to stay in Germany and play for league rivals Gladbach. Despite not having his contract renewed, the legend that is Philipp Lahm has decided to bring his very successful career to an end and called time on his playing career. He was a brilliant servant to the club and will be missed but it is time for him to pass on the mantle to the younger generation. Neuer was a player I was looking to keep at the club as he had one year left on his contract. Unfortunately he took the same step as his fellow countryman and decided to bring his playing career to an end. Winning the Champions League and Bundesliga title wasn’t a bad way to finish off.
With Neuer calling time on his career it was essential that a decent young keeper was brought into the club to provide backup to Stegen. Stegen will be the number one but Olsen will have a brilliant role model to learn from. Olsen can expect to play in some games, especially the German Cup as it will be match experience that he will benefit from. He may get disgruntled with the lack of game time in the coming season but I will look to reassure him that he will become the club’s number one goalkeeper next season. It isn’t quite his time and has a lot to develop and this will be achieved through training and the matches that he does play.
Javi Martinez, David Alaba and Philipp Lahm have left the club which has meant there is a big hole in defence. Daniel Klein is a great young centre back who will go from strength to strength at the club and will be given the chance to show his worth. I am not sure yet whether he will be a number one choice but I do have confidence in him to put in good performances when called upon.
Ibrahim Aurier may be a name that you recognise. During my time at Newcastle United I signed the young lad as backup for Marcus Berglund and Jamaal Lascelles who at the time were performing out of their skin week in week out. Unfortunately due to this, Aurier was never given a real opportunity to prove how good he could actually be and according to leading scouts, he could be one of the best. I haven’t necessarily signed him to make it up to him for the time he spent on the bench at Newcastle but he will be heading into the team as a number one choice centre back. I think that this constant exposure to first team football and playing with more experienced players such as Tin Jedvaj, he will continue to develop and grow as a footballer and achieve his potential.
I have to admit that when it comes to transfers, signing forward players is my favourite part. I enjoy looking for the next best attacking player who can come into the club and make an impact. So far I have good success in this area with Jack Grealish making his mark at the highest level here at FC Bayern München. Despite us breaking the number of goals scored in a season record, I do feel that we can score more next season, just not with some of the players currently at the club. Thiago wants out and Ante Rebic just isn’t up to scratch and can’t be relied upon to play at such a high level. Toni Kroos will remain at the club for another season, which is great, but he is getting towards the end of his career so can’t be expected to play ninety minutes every game. This dilemma led me to Rinaldi who is an excellent prospect who I have signed from Fiorentina. I will be looking to him to come in and replace Thiago and Kroos (when he retires) and pick up from where they have left off. He already has some great attributes and has age on his side. He will see a lot of game time this season but he will have to compete for the main attacking midfielder position against Olivier Richard.
The signing of Olivier Richard almost broke the £30 million ceiling but I feel that I have got an outstanding player from Spurs, who could have easily requested a greater fee. He will be the main competition to Rinaldi but I feel that he could do a great job in the central midfield position as a advanced playmaker, which is his preferred role. Having the second central midfield position set to ball winning midfielder, he would be given free rein to dictate play and move into space, receive the ball and setup an attack. I hope that the pair of them form a good understanding and help us see out games that we almost threw away last season.
I have to admit right now that I overpaid for Alfredo. He cost the club £37 million from Real Madrid with me wanting to realistically not break the £30 million barrier. However, with the Spanish giants knowing how much money we are sat on, they would not budge on their over inflated valuation. I was desperate to sign him as I think he can do well (possibly exceed Agustin Allione’s level) so was prepared to part with such a large sum. Just like the other players he is a young lad who has plenty of time to develop at his pace. He will be taking up the right winger position and I will be expected him to make it his own. He will be given freedom but I will be looking at him to run at the defence and cause mayhem for defenders. I know he is capable of doing this and I can’t wait to see him in his first competitive match.
Overall I have spent £128 million which is a huge amount of money, or maybe not if you compare it to the real world of football. I am happy with my current squad and cannot see myself making any further additions but instead I will be putting them through their paces in pre-season. We do now possess a very young squad, but who was it that famously said, “You can’t win anything with kids”?