Munich boss dismisses dispute with coach over goalkeeper
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Tuesday dismissed speculation about a dispute between the club leadership and coach Louis van Gaal over his planned change of starting goalkeeper, DPA reported.
Van Gaal reportedly plans to make young and inexperienced Thomas Kraft his preferred man between the posts from Saturday's Bundesliga match at VfL Wolfsburg onwards, benching veteran Joerg Butt who had been a starter for almost two years.
"We are neither irritated nor angered," Rummenigge said at meetings in Nyon. "If the coach fields Thomas Kraft on Saturday then that's his decision, period."
Kraft, 22, has so far played only in two Champions League matches after Munich were already assured of qualification for the knockout rounds.
Van Gaal's alleged plan led to raised eyebrows in the German football community during the winter break which ends on the weekend.
Munich are ranked a modest fifth and need to make up a 14-point deficit in leaders Borussia Dortmund if they want to retain the Bundesliga title. In addition, Munich are reportedly after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is currently at Schalke.