Marcel Sabitzer from FC Bayern Munich drives the ball in the game against FSV Mainz 05.
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Is Marcel Sabitzer about to leave FC Bayern after just one season? The 28-year-old’s agent clarifies the midfielder’s future.

Munich – It was a season to forget for Marcel Sabitzer. The long-time top performer and captain of RB Leipzig switched from the Red Bulls to the Isar last summer to take the next step in his career. He had 15 million euros FC Bayern transferred to the competitor from Saxony, to the Austrian to Säbener Straße to his long-time coach Julian Nagelsman pick up. Sabitzer should complement Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in central midfield and thus strengthen the Bayern squad across the board. After one season, those responsible now have to draw a mixed conclusion.

FC Bayern: Despite disappointing performance – Sabitzer wants to start “new attack” in Munich

Although Sabitzer can show 25 appearances for Bayern in the Bundesliga, 17 times came from the bench. In the games that Sabitzer was allowed to play from the start, the 28-year-old often fell short of expectations. The Austrian made his only league appearance over 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat against Gladbach at the start of the second half of the season, when Bayern had to field a skeleton squad due to the corona virus.

This is also why there has been speculation in the past few days as to whether Sabitzer left the club after just one season wanted and could generate transfer proceeds for Bayern. However, on Tuesday, someone who should know contradicted these reports. In an interview with Sky Sport, Sabitzer’s advisor Roger Wittmann stated that his protégé also sees himself at Bayern in the coming season. “What we have decided is that our affairs are in order and that Marcel (Sabitzer Note d. editor) starts a new attack here,” says Wittmann.

Marcel Sabitzer is planning a new start after a disappointing first season at Bayern Munich. © Revierfoto/imago-images

Sabitzer wants to stay with Bayern: consultant confirms – “He has to attack very steadily”

“In Leipzig he is out as a leader. Then he came here without preparation with Corona and injuries. Then, of course, a flywheel starts to move. That has hit him now,” Wittmann explains the reasons why Sabitzer has not met expectations. As a result, there were no plans to say goodbye after just one season. “Not at all. On the contrary: He is dissatisfied with the whole situation and wants to have it cleaned up for himself. He has to attack very steadily. That’s his job,” said the Austrian’s advisor.

Sabitzer, who still has a contract with Bayern until 2025, wants to be the focus of coach Nagelsmann again next season. Then the cards in the Bayern squad could be reshuffled again. With Corentin Tolisso, the contract of a direct competitor of Sabitzer expires. However, the Austrian is under pressure from youngster Jamal Musiala, who was also used in defensive midfield by Nagelsmann this season, and from potential newcomers from Munich. With Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax Amsterdam and RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer two other possible competitors of Sabitzer should be at the top of Bayern’s wish list. (fd)

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