The last three days in the German media have been largely dominated by the unvaccinated players in the Bayern Munich squad. It has been widely reported that Die Roten is not paying wages to unvaccinated players during the quarantine.
As of now, six players are in quarantine. Niklas Sule is yet to recover completely from COVID-19, so he is yet to feature for Die Roten. Meanwhile, Joshua Kimmich has to undergo a quarantine of seven days after getting in contact with someone who was eventually tested positive for the virus.
On Sunday, Rekordmeister also confirmed that Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Mickael Cuisance, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are also in quarantine after being in contact with one of the members of the staff that has tested positive for COVID-19. It has been reported that Kimmich and these four players are yet to be vaccinated.
While talking to media (via iMiaSanMia) on Monday ahead of the Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv, Julian Nagelsmann expressed his disappointment about the leaks in media about the club’s wage policy in this unique case. However, he assured that these leaks will not affect the squad from a sporting point of view.
“Of course it’s unfortunate that internal stuff gets leaked. It’s about private things, who has Corona and why, who gets paid, how much they get. There are too many things that get leaked publicly.”
“These are not things that endanger our sporting success. But it would be nice if it was a bit more secret. It’s part of the business, but not the nice part of the business.”
Die Roten should be looking to resolve this situation as soon as possible to avoid further distractions. The only way of getting out of this tricky scenario is by providing proper counseling to players that are yet to take the vaccine. The next few weeks will be crucial for Bayern to find a solution for this problem.
Meanwhile, Lothar Matthaus has leaped in defense of Joshua Kimmich. Ever since Kimmich spoke about not taking vaccine in October, he has been heavily criticised in the German media. Matthaus is in favour of the vaccine, but he believes that Kimmich should not be made the scapegoat for this situation since many Bundesliga players are yet to take the vaccination.
Kimmich has made it clear that he is not a COVID denier, but he wants to know more about the long-term effects of the vaccine before taking one. Hopefully, the German midfielder is able to soon clarify doubts and end this chapter by taking the jab.
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For now, the German Champions are focused on the Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv. The Bavarian club has already booked a place in the Round of 16, but they will be eager to win on Tuesday after suffering 2-1 defeat against Augsburg on Friday. Tuesday will also be an opportunity for various squad players to make an impact as multiple key players are missing due to quarantine and injury.