Uli Hoeneß is known to be a man of the old ilk, both grantor and patron.
The creator of FC Bayern lived football in all its facets and regularly opposes some developments in the industry.
The Patriarch of Tegernsee is particularly disgusted by the growing power of the players’ advisors.
“Today there is hardly a player who negotiates alone, who is present in these negotiations,” Hoeneß is quoted as saying in Felix Neureuther’s book “For the Heroes of Tomorrow”: “When Paul Breitner and I were negotiating our contracts at that time, there “We sat at the table ourselves and there was no one else there for us. We fought, but we figured it all out on our own.”
Hoeneß vs. consultant: “Externally controlled”
Hoeneß’s accusation against the advisors’ scene: “I see the problem with today’s players mainly in the fact that they are being controlled a little and increasingly externally by their advisors.” According to him, agents do not think about the customer’s benefit, but only about their own benefit.
Now Bayern could face a very similar scenario. The Spanish are again involved, once again developing a long-term working document for Bayern is difficult – and once again an advisor has probably caused Hoeneß’s displeasure. It refers to Alphonso Davies and his agent Nick Huoseh.
Huoseh recently did not miss the opportunity to speak publicly about the state of contract negotiations between Davies and Bayern and interest from other clubs. They were close to reaching an agreement with FCB, but sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and CEO Oliver Kahn were fired – and negotiations were suspended.
Davies’ advisor praises Real: “I’m a big fan”
Huoseh later specifically praised 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 feel proud,” he said in an interview with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Disturbing noises that those responsible at Bayern grudgingly acknowledged.
Bayern asks for extension: “We want to keep him”
However, his advisor’s comments did little to change his desire to keep Davies. “He has become one of the best defenders in the world with us, of course we want to keep him and I hope he does too,” said president Herbert Hainer on the sidelines of the annual general meeting.
New sporting director Christoph Freund also commented on Davies’ possible departure. “I’ve already spoken to Phonzy’s agent. Real Madrid is not my topic. I’m talking to him about our plans with Phonzy here at FC Bayern”, the Austrian revealed to “Sport Bild”. Basically, they want to keep Davies for “as long as possible.”
Davies himself is keeping a low profile. According to “Sport1”, Real Madrid’s interest in the 23-year-old player is anything but hot air. Therefore, a new left-back is at the top of the summer transfer agenda, Davies is the preferred candidate and at the moment he is even leaning towards a move to the Santiago Bernabéu.
An almost instantaneous move to Real? Consultant denied
Reports that Counselor Huoseh, the one who regularly fed the whole thing, vehemently denied it. “That’s not true. Phonzy is at Bayern Munich at the moment, that’s where his focus is,” he told “tz” when asked. He was also surprised by the clarity of the reports.
It does not seem unrealistic that Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025, would dare to embark on a new adventure abroad. The Canadian international has won everything there is to win at national and international level with Bayern since his transfer almost five years ago. The prospect of a commitment to the world club in Madrid traditionally pleases all players.
In any case, Bayern faces a huge challenge in the Davies case; compared to Alaba at that time, at least there is no threat of a free transfer. If Davies really wants to leave, there will be a whopping €50m fee in the summer – so Davies still has a year left on his contract.
In the coming weeks, perhaps even months, the news about Davies is unlikely to stop, and spokesman Huoseh will continue to feed Hoeneß’s slogan of “everything was better before, when the players themselves negotiated”.