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On the Day of Emotions and Honors, Julian Nagelsmann expects no reaction from Bayern’s stars on the Ibiza flight – but a triumph before celebrating the championship trophy.

Julian Nagelsmann smiled as he moved past the annoying controversy over the Bayern Munich stars’ trip to Ibiza for the time being.

“Our players are all old enough and mature enough to be able to decide what they will do on their days off,” the coach said two days before the upcoming Munich celebrations with the trophy. “If they decide to fly in a group that’s too big, let them do it. They’re old enough, I’m not their father or their teacher.”

Salihamidzic: “Team building measure”

Two days before the last home game of the season, Nagelsmann did not go into detail about the tour to Spain’s party island, which sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic described as a “team-building measure”, with at least Manuel Neuer as captain. Thomas Muller was missing. However, the 34-year-old coach noted that he has given his team two days off to manage the workload. “Players can make use of the days off as they like,” said Nagelsmann, who, even after his masterpiece, was by no means calm for weeks with the record champions.

For the Bayern coach, there are no really comfortable phases. Nagelsmann is feeling this through speculation about the future of world footballer Robert Lewandowski, with the coach reporting a good conversation with the advisory side, open contract issues or the Ibiza trip.

Relegation-threatened VFB Stuttgart will likely learn painfully on May 8 (5:30pm/DAZN) that Munich’s post-Balear Tour appearance after 1:3 in Mainz and following criticism from Hertha coach Felix Magath will be assessed. “I don’t expect any reaction to the Ibiza flight,” Nagelsmann said. “We’re trying to win our last home game against a full house on the day we got the cup.”

“I’d be glad if we got the bowl”

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After the pre-flare against VfB, two years into the pandemic, there should finally be an atmospheric celebration with 75,000 spectators. Under the rain of confetti in Munich, Captain Neuer received the championship trophy for the first time by the new managing director of the German Football Association, Donata Hopfen. One week later, after the end of the season, thousands of people celebrated at Marienplatz from the balcony of the town hall.

You wanted to catch up with the fans, “which wasn’t possible in the last couple of years. We won the title in empty stadiums,” recalls expert Benjamin Pavard with a piece of title grief. The world champion was the first to throw a giant wheat beer cup at Nagelsmann’s head after winning the title 3-1 over Borussia Dortmund. “I’m glad we get the bowl,” Nagelsmann joked. “I think I have it in my lower back to raise it. I’ll probably do some other stability exercises because it’s safe too.”

It doesn’t get emotional just because of the trophy delivery. The club will also bid farewell to national player Niklas Sule and world champion Corentin Tolisso after five years. “We’re trying through team planning that every player gets the right frame,” promised Nagelsmann, who did not plan for Süle in the starting lineup after the “treatment” against Mainz.

Lewandowski ‘keep the absolute’

Nagelsmann was confident Bayern fans would not see Lewandowski’s last home appearance. Salihamidzic had ruled out a change this summer anyway. But given industry practices, a lavish $1 million bid could reassess the situation.

Lewandowski’s contract (33) is dated until June 30, 2023. Recently there has been contact between the Bayern management and the Polish chancellor. “I actually asked if it was a good conversation,” Nagelsmann said. “It might have been.” “But there’s nothing to report, in what direction. My situation hasn’t changed, and we definitely want to keep it and we definitely want to extend it.”

Nagelsmann said extending the contract of Mueller, 32, as a “best performer” for another season until summer 2024, could “certainly attract others”. The contracts of Noir and Serge Gnabry also expire in the summer of 2023.

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