Joshua Kimmich admits he was left disappointed by lack of support from Bayern Munich

Joshua Kimmich
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Joshua Kimmich has revealed that he was left disappointed and hurt by the lack of support he received from Bayern Munich during the Covid-vaccine debate surrounding him.

Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich found himself in the middle of a Covid vaccine debate in 2021, when it was revealed that he was hesitant and uneasy about getting vaccinated due to its potential long-term effects. Ultimately, the player decided to get the Covid vaccine, but not before contracting the virus and suffering from lung issues.

Kimmich faced a lot of criticism after speaking out about his concerns over getting vaccinated. And now a documentary about him released by ZDF (recorded in 2022) has revealed more details about the incident. 

The 29 year old said during the documentary that he felt alone for a long time, and added that he was left disappointed and hurt by the reaction of Bayern Munich. “I felt left alone for too long. I've been at the club for almost seven years now and there haven't been that many scandals surrounding me. That was the first downturn, that's when I noticed how the club reacted and I was accordingly disappointed and hurt,” he said in the Joshua Kimmich - Anführer und Antreiber documentary.

Kimmich also said that he felt that the trust with Bayern was broken as a result of the ordeal. “I extended my contract with the aim of winning the Champions League twice with the club over the next four years. I still want to do that. But despite this, the sense of trust I had in the club before has of course been lost. I never know what will be leaked to the public. It’s not like the trust can be rebuilt over one or two conversations.”

Joshua Kimmich remains one of the most important and influential players at Bayern Munich, although his future at the club has come under doubt in recent weeks with just 12 months left on his current contract. FC Barcelona and Manchester City have been linked with a move for the versatile Germany international.