Mats Hummels has once more refused to endorse his former coach Thomas Tuchel as a possible successor to Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich, and mentioned he’s “torn” over Julian Nagelsmann’s claims for the job.
Bayern appointed the 72-year-old Heynckes as interim coach final month after Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal within the aftermath of a Three-Zero Champions League defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain.
Hummels, 28, advised Bild am Sonntag he had “already spoken to the Bayern hierarchy just a few weeks in the past to debate a successor to Ancelotti,” with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declining to rule former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel out of the working final month.
Hummels, who was reported to have had points with Tuchel once they had been collectively at Dortmund in 2015-16, mentioned: “I will touch upon Thomas Tuchel when issues get that far.”
The Germany worldwide added he’s “torn” whether or not Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach Nagelsmann — broadly tipped as a future Bayern boss — can do the job as a result of his age however did stress his want for a German-speaking coach.
“He’s solely two years older than me — however it’s not unimaginable,” Hummels mentioned.
He added: “The pattern is heading in direction of tactically astute trainers who wish to play 4 or 5 completely different techniques. However, when you think about Jupp Heynckes, who solely explicitly calls for a single one, that may additionally work.
“There are a number of approaches. However I’m positively in favour of getting a German-speaking coach of a German crew.”
Hummels, who has beforehand denied recommendations he was one in every of 5 gamers who had turned in opposition to former boss Ancelotti, mentioned the Italian had struggled to get his concepts throughout.
“Language is a particularly vital side of Ancelotti’s teaching existence — linguistically, he could not specific his concepts like he was used to at former golf equipment,” he mentioned.
Heynckes had beforehand steered he may very well be open to staying on subsequent season, however he advised Welt am Sonntag on the weekend that prolonging his return is now “out of the query.”
He mentioned he would converse to the membership hierarchy to supply his ideas on a successor.
“In fact, I’ll inform them what I’d do — moreover, I feel that the folks in cost worth my opinion,” the previous Actual Madrid boss mentioned.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.