Lukas Mai is set to stay at Bayern Munich despite attracting interest from numerous Bundesliga clubs this summer.
Bayern Munich struggled defensively last season despite winning the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal. Die Roten leaked goals on regularly throughout the season, which was one of the main reason for their early exit in the Champions League.
The Bundesliga champions decided to address this problem by splurging big cash on Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. These arrivals have made an impact on the future of the experienced center-backs of the squad. Mats Hummels has already left the club to join Borussia Dortmund while the future of Jerome Boateng remains uncertain.
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Bayern has been linked with Ozan Kabak and Kevin Vogt since the departure of Hummels. However, the club is unlikely to pursue a deal for defender right now, as they focus on signing a winger and holding midfielder. Lukas Mai’s immediate future at Bayern is likely to be affected due to this scenario as the German defender is set to stay in Bavaria for next season.
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According to TZ’s Manuel Bonke, Hasan Salihamidzic has told Mai that he will stay at Bayern this summer despite numerous loan offers from various German clubs. Nurnberg had shown the strongest interest in the defender this summer.
Mai will regularly train with the first team and get minutes under his belt by playing for Bayern Munich II. The German defender told AZ that he is happy to train with world-class players in the first team. Mai is determined to give his best for the reserves team next season if he struggles to get first-team opportunities. The cup games or an injury crisis are the only realistic scenarios for Mai to play for Bayern Munich this season.
The 19-year-old defender made his senior debut under Jupp Heynckes in 2017/18 season. He ended the campaign with two appearances and struggled to find a way back into Niko Kovac’s plans. If Boateng stays at the club next season, then Mai might have to play another season with the reserves team.
Mai is rated highly at Bayern, so it is baffling to see that the club is eager to reject the loan offers. A loan move would have helped Mai to continue his development and get the valuable experience of playing at senior level. Die Roten still have enough depth in the center-back position as Javi Martinez can also provide cover in this position.