Flick’s position has been questioned amid reports of disagreement with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Flick prefers harmony to friction

Hansi Flick has confirmed he has negotiated with Oliver Kahn amid reports that he may leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Stefan Effenberg warning that his departure will be fatal for the Bundesliga giants. Flick’s position has been questioned amid reports of disagreement with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The imminent vacancy in Germany has further fueled uncertainty, and Flick was rumoured to be in dispute to succeed Joachim Low as he steps down after the European Championship. Flick hinted that rumours of a rift between him and Salihamidzic are true, although he stressed that he does not believe that has to be an obstacle to success. “I prefer harmony to friction. But there is never anything that is 100 per cent, so you have to accept both,” he told reporters. “But with harmony – I believe – the chances of success are more promising.”

The coach remains deeply disappointed with the UCL defeat to PSG

On the content of his talks with Kahn, who sits on the Bayern board and will replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as executive chairman of the board at the end of the year, he added: “I spoke to Oliver Kahn briefly but on other things. It’s not as if there’s any pressure on me or us. We talked very briefly and we talked about this week and how important this week is. We also talked about how we digested the Champions League exit. That is what we talked about – nothing more, not the future”. Despite the seemingly calm about the future, Flick admits he remains deeply disappointed with the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with the French side advancing on away goals despite Bayern’s 1-0 win in France earlier this week. “The Champions League exit is still present – this doesn’t go away so quickly,” he added.

“I’m not sleeping great right now. I think you can probably tell. The truth is that life goes on. We have a big challenge ahead, three important games ahead for our goals of the season”. Responding to reports of Flick’s future, Effenberg received a dire warning for Bayern officials should they fail to keep hold of their manager. “If Hansi Flick voluntarily resigns his contract this summer, it will be fatal for the next few years because he is one of the best Bayern coaches in history,” he told reporters.