Uli Hoeneß is known to be a man of the old generation, both donor and patron.
The creator of FC Bayern has experienced football in all its facets and regularly opposes certain developments in the sector.
The Patriarch of Tegernsee is particularly disgusted by the growing power of the players’ advisors.
“Today there is hardly any player who negotiates alone, who is present at these talks,” Hoeneß said in Felix Neureuther’s book “For Tomorrow’s Heroes”: “When then Paul Breitner and I were negotiating our contracts , there “We sat at the table ourselves and there was no one else there for us. We argued, but we figured it all out on our own.”
Hoeneß against consultant: “Externally monitored”
Hoeneß’s accusation of the consultant scene: “I see the problem of today’s players above all in the fact that they are increasingly controlled from the outside by their consultants.” According to him, agents do not have the customer’s interest in mind, but only their own benefit.
Now Bayern could find themselves facing a very similar scenario. The Spaniards are involved again, once again the development of a long-term working document for Bayern is difficult – and once again a consultant has allegedly caused Hoeneß’s displeasure. This refers to Alphonso Davies and his agent Nick Huoseh.
Huoseh recently missed no opportunity to speak publicly about the state of contract negotiations between Davies and Bayern and the interest of other clubs. They were close to an agreement with FCB, but then sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and managing director Oliver Kahn were fired and negotiations were suspended.
Davies’ advisor is enthusiastic about Real Madrid: “I’m a big fan”
Huoseh later spoke highly of the Royals, who are reportedly competing intensely for Davies’ services. “Real is a big club, I’m a big fan. Real is a big name. When you hear rumors about your protégé, you’re proud,” he said in an interview with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Disruptive noises that Bayern managers reluctantly acknowledged.
Bayern ask for extension: “We want to keep him”
However, his advisor’s comments did little to change his desire to retain Davies. “With us he has become one of the best defenders in the world, obviously we want to keep him and I hope he wants it too,” president Herbert Hainer said on the sidelines of the annual general meeting.
New sporting director Christoph Freund also commented on a potential departure for Davies. “I have already spoken to Phonzy’s agent. Real Madrid is not my topic. I am talking to him about our plans with Phonzy here at Bayern”, revealed the Austrian to “Sport Bild”. Essentially, they want to keep Davies “for as long as possible”.
Davies himself keeps a low profile. According to “Sport1”, Real Madrid’s interest in the 23-year-old is anything but hot air. As a result, a new left-back is high on the transfer agenda in the summer, Davies is the preferred candidate and is currently even leaning towards a move to the Santiago Bernabéu.
An almost instant move to Real Madrid? The consultant denied it
He reports that Councilor Huoseh, the one who regularly fueled the whole affair, vehemently denied it. “It’s not true. Phonzy is at Bayern Munich at the moment, that’s where he focuses,” he told “tz” when asked. He was also surprised by the clarity of the reports.
It doesn’t seem unrealistic that Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025, could dare to embark on a new adventure abroad. The Canadian international has won everything there is to win domestically and internationally with Bayern since moving almost five years ago. The prospect of Real Madrid joining the world club traditionally appeals to every player.
In any case, Bayern faces a huge challenge with the Davies case; compared to Alaba at the time, at least there is no danger of a free transfer. If Davies really wanted to leave, there would be a huge sum of 50 million euros in the summer, then Davies still has one year left on his contract.
In the coming weeks, perhaps even in the coming months, the news about Davies is unlikely to stop, spokesperson Huoseh will continue to fuel Hoeneß’s slogan “everything was better before, when the players themselves negotiated”.