The DFB is currently identifying a suitable new head coach to replace Joachim Low, who will step down from the role following the European Championships this summer.

The DFB will not pay any transfer fees for Hansi Flick

The German Football Association has made it clear that it will not pay the release fee to make Hansi Flick the national team’s new coach. The DFB is currently identifying a suitable new head coach to replace Joachim Low, who will step down from the role following the European Championships this summer. Flick has been touted as a leading candidate after announcing his intention to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. Still, the club will likely require a financial settlement before releasing him two years early. However, DFB vice president Rainer Koch insisted the association could not fork out any compensation fee for Hansi Flick. “The DFB will not pay any exit fees because it never paid any fees and because as a non-profit association, it is difficult to do that,” Koch told reporters.

Germany need a successful European Championship to get back on track

“The German Football Association does not have an infinite amount of money. We will not break into existing contracts. We have never done that before. Bayern must figure it out on its own.” Koch added about the process for selecting the next German coach: “We need a successful European Championship to get back on track. A good national coach must be well connected and accepted by the association”. The Bavarians have not yet confirmed whether Flick is interested in taking a top job with the German national team but promised to sit down and discuss their future after initially being unhappy with Flick for not keeping his desire to leave private. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters at the weekend: “If we want to meet Hansi’s request, all parties must work together to find a solution that also suits FC Bayern.”

Current Germany U21 boss Stefan Kuntz has been touted as the most likely person to replace Low before Flick handed in his exit at Bayern. However, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked alongside former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.