Bayern Munich: Hoffenheim wants to extend loan deal of Chris Richards

Hoffenheim wants to keep Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards for one more season. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)
Hoffenheim wants to keep Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards for one more season. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images) /

Along with making key decisions over new signings, Bayern Munich also has to sort out the immediate futures of some young players. Chris Richards is one of those players in Bavaria that would be better served with another year of the first-team action away from Die Roten.

According to SportBild’s Tobi Altschaffl, Hoffenheim is looking to extend the loan of Richards by one more season. The USA international moved to Hoffenheim on a six-month loan deal in January. Richards did get few chances in the senior team at Bayern, but his playing time steadily decreased, so a loan move in the winter made sense.

It has been a fruitful loan spell for Richards. He has been consistently starting games for the Bundesliga club. In four months at Hoffenheim, Richards has managed 13 starts across all competitions. He is likely to start in all three remaining Bundesliga games. Richards’ impressive performances have forced Hoffenheim to bring him back to the club next season.

Along with Richards, Altschaffl also provided an update on the future of Leon Dajaku. The young German striker is currently on loan at Union Berlin. Dajaku wants to stay at the club beyond this season to keep getting regular game time at the senior level.

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Richards is considered as one of the top young talents at Die Roten, so it is unlikely that he will be allowed to leave permanently in the summer. Considering the imminent arrival of Dayot Upamecano in Bavaria, it would be better for all parties that Richards goes back to Hoffenheim for one more season.

Meanwhile, Dajaku will find it very difficult to get playing time in the first team at Die Roten. He made his debut under Hansi Flick, but most of the time in Bavaria, he has played for the reserves team. A good spell at Union Berlin will help Dajaku to get a better move away from Bavaria in 2022.

Rekordmeister will have several players returning from loan spells. Joshua Zirkzee’s move to Parma has not worked well, so he is likely to be back in Bavaria. Adrian Fein will be back at the club as he has struggled at PSV Eindhoven. Lukas Mai got a lot of game time away at Darmstadt. It will be interesting to see what Rekordmeister manages his situation.

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Mickael Cuisance doesn’t want to return to Bavaria, but it remains to be seen whether Marseille will take up the option to sign him. Meanwhile, Christian Fructl will also return to the club after a disastrous spell at Nurnberg.