Flick on Bayern stand-off: “I don’t really think about it”

Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick refused to be drawn in the showdown between him and the club after their 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen brought them one step closer to the Bundesliga title.

Flick said after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg that he intended to leave Bayern at the end of this season and asked for his contract, which runs until 2023, to be terminated.

The 56-year-old has been closely linked with the German national team’s coaching role as Joachim Low’s successor, but Bayern have made it clear they will not let him go free of charge, causing a stalemate.

Bayern’s victory over Leverkusen on Tuesday moved them into a 2020-21 Bundesliga title win, but Flick’s future was a hot topic after the game.

“I don’t really think about it,” Flick said when asked how he was going to handle talks with Bayern managers.

“I don’t think so far [ahead]. You’ve been part of the press conferences for a while, you know I never look back or forward any further than the next game.

“The next match will be Mainz. I really appreciate it when the team plays like today. That’s what the coach is there for. “

Flick also refused to accept the kudos despite Bayern nearing champions, with a 10-point buffer from second-placed RB Leipzig with four games to go.

“I told my team before the game that we can take a big step in the right direction today and that’s what we did,” said Flick.

“We have another huge game on Saturday in Mainz. We have no points to give so we also want to win there and after that you can say congratulations.

Eric Choupo-Moting has scored three goals in three games in Robert Lewandowski’s absence, but Flick has indicated that the Polish striker has a good chance of coming back against Mainz with a knee injury.

“Honestly, Robert was training really well today,” he said. “We are happy that he can probably come back sooner. There is absolutely an option for Saturday.

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