Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick confirmed Friday he has held talks about taking over the German national team.
The Germany job is opening up when Joachim Löw leaves after this year’s European Championship. Flick was Löw’s assistant with Germany from 2006 through 2014.
“There have already been talks, with Oli too, without question,” Flick said, referring to Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff. “But there have also been completely different talks.”
Flick added that “being the national team coach is something special but can secure his second Bundesliga title with Bayern on Saturday with a win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayern could also be champion if second-place Leipzig loses to Borussia Dortmund.’
He was quickly installed as the favourite to take the Germany job as soon as Low confirmed his intention to step down later this summer. The 56-year-old spent eight years as Low’s assistant before becoming DFB sporting director after their triumph at the 2014 World Cup.
He was initially reticent to comment publicly on his future despite the speculation, before eventually confirming his intention to quit Bayern at the end of the season earlier this month despite having two years remaining on his contract.