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Bayern Munich Question Quality Of Khedira And Ozil Despite Success In South Africa

Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger, who is in charge of the comings and goings regarding the transfer market with the Bavarian giants, has launched a scathing review of two of Germany’s most promising young players. Under Joachim Loew, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil made massive impacts in South Africa this summer at the 2010 World Cup, and attracted interest from the biggest clubs in Europe. At the end of the day, it was Spanish giants Real Madrid who snapped the pair up for relatively low prices.

Christian Nerlinger and Bayern Munich would have done well to pick up the German pair, who look set to have fantastic futures ahead of them. Mark van Bommel’s legs may not take him much further, and Sami Khedira would have been a great replacement in the center of midfield. He would then be paired with Germany team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger, and that partnership would really blossom if the two of them were playing side-by-side on a weekly basis.

While one could argue that Bayern Munich dont need a player like Mesut Ozil because of already having Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Hamit Altintop, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Danijel Pranjic on their roster, but denying his quality is ludicrous. If Nerlinger can’t recognize obvious skill and potential in two of Germany’s best young players, then it really is a bit farcical that he is sporting director of a club who pride themselves on being Germany’s best.

Letting Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil take their trade away from Germany without even the slightest of fights from Bayern Munich is a shame, because losing the pair of them is not just a big loss to their respective clubs, but also a loss to the Bundesliga as a whole.

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  1. Diriye

    September 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    No one needs the opinion of Bayern fans when it comes to Ozil. No serious football fan would discount Mesut’s contribution in South Africa.

    Uli Hoeness contradicting the other guy and doing damage control in light headedness department.

    “That’s not my area, but I’ll say this: As long as Van Gaal is our coach, we have to change our transfer policy. If we had said to Ottmar (Hitzfeld), “We’ll bring in Neuer”, he would have said “wonderful”, but Van Gaal thinks differently. For example, with Khedira. We wanted to bring in Khedira, but Van Gaal said “We don’t need him, we have Alaba”. So then you buy Khedira for 15 million and he plays Alaba instead

    • Luke

      September 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      Read what Nerlinger said again. He does not deny that Özil and Khedira had excellent tournaments in South Africa.

      Wouldn’t read too much into Hoeness saying “we”. It’s more than possible that Rummenigge and Hoeness were of one opinion concerning Khedira while Van Gaal and Nerlinger were of another.

    • Will G

      September 12, 2010 at 1:33 am

      Pardon? Actually, you should have noticed that it was only the EPL-focussed media (who seem to have seen a grand total of 90 career minutes of Oezil) hype the man to no end in the english media. Anything to distract from the dissapointment of June 27. His performance was in fact merely average in the WC SF and third place game. Still a great player though, I cheer for him, but my expectations are tempered. There are so many good players…

      • Tushar

        September 14, 2010 at 4:25 am

        Those who have seen Germany matches carefully will say that Özil was Germany’s standout player (not the EPL focussed media). His avg. performance in SF and third place does not undermine his greatness. Messi also performed poorly against Germany. That does not mean he is ordinary. Özil is there to rule football for next 5 years. Evaluate my comments at 2011. And watch the hightlights of Madrid-Osasuna and Germany-Azerbaijan match to rectify your view.

  2. fcb02062

    September 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Both Ozil and Khedira trailed off after the group stages at the World Cup. Not saying they weren’t any good after the group stages, but their reputations were built on the group stages, specifically that first game against Australia. Ozil blows too many chances for me. He’ll get himself into the box or within striking distance with some of his fancy footwork, but then he’ll give the ball away…here’s to hoping Madrid makes them better players and it carries over to Euro 12

  3. Luke

    September 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Kroos is going to continue to get treated like the ugly duckling by Van Gaal because he is not “Van Gaal’s guy”. Management made the call that Kroos was coming back when Van Gaal was hanging on by a thread. It falls to Nerlinger to do the damage control.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      That’s poor management I think, then. Kroos has a really bright future and I know for sure you’d never see a manager like Arsene Wenger or Carlo Ancelotti or Ottmar Hitzfeld for that matter treating a youngster with the ability of Kroos like that! But, van Gaal has always been a bit of a controversial figure so I guess that’s just him.

  4. Luke

    September 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    First of all, Nerlinger didn’t say they “weren’t good enough”, he said he was unsure they would maintain the level of play they displayed in South Africa.

    Second, he’s boosting the confidence of his own players by saying so. I think to a certain degree this was aimed at Kroos. Contract negotiation coming up with him, they’ll do everything they can to stroke his ego.

    Third, neither of them fit for Bayern at the moment. Khedira would have been a consideration next summer, but you’re not going to bench your captain, Ribery or Kroos.

    Fourth, it shows that Bayern have grown out of the policy of buying players just because they could. The days of €14 mil insurance policies like Marcell Jansen are done, replaced with stronger development of players from within and better long range planning. The benefits of those policies will make Bayern more competitive for the players they *need* to buy.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      Funny you’d say that, because van Gaal came out today and said that Kroos has thus far failed to live up to his potential!

      It’s much smarter by Bayern to look to their youth setup for upcoming talent instead of splashing the cash on other players, but it’s not as if they haven’t brought in any flops.

  5. Nick

    September 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

    He said they won’t make first team in Bayern, and I think they wouldn’t…

    They wouldn’t start before Ribery, Robben, Schweinsteiger and Van Bommel at Bayern…plus Kroos and Muller being at top form they wouldn’t see 20 minutes of playing time.

    Don’t think that I don’t like them, they’re just not better than Robben, Ribery or Schweini….not even close…Ozil may be on the same level, but Khedira has to step way up the ladder to catch up.

    I personally think that Ozil will stay at Real Madrid and play regular but Khedira…eh…I don’t know..

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

      It’s good to have both ends of an opinion. I think Khedira would work his way into the Bayern first team, but I don’t think Ozil would just because there are so many players ahead of him. At Madrid, Khedira and Xabi Alonso will be a fine pairing and Ozil playing with Di Maria to his left and Ronaldo to his right will also be fantastic. They’ll fit in well there and they’ll live up to their potential under Mourinho.

  6. Adib Khazaee

    September 10, 2010 at 4:48 am

    30 million euros for Gomez and no offer for Ozil! How can this be a right decision?

  7. Will G

    September 10, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Well put me down as the odd one out agreeing with Nerlinger. Maybe he was offended by the Werder rap with Jan Delay!

    2012 DFB National team : Kroos over Oezil, and Hitzlsberger among others over Khedira. As for Bayern, well lots of really good def MF internationals are out there so… That said, I’m really surprised K left for Real, because he’ll just be on the bench there. The argument for him I can see a bit more, so I wonder of Bayern actually gambled on getting him after this season post-VanBommel, and missed.

    • Dale

      September 11, 2010 at 1:27 am

      Kroos over Oezil is a non-argument. They’re different types of players. Kroos is a slightly more static ‘pull the strings from deep’ type player. In a way he’s more a Schweinsteiger. Oezil is the type who has abit more of an instinct to run at players before he distributes. They can both be in the same starting eleven.

    • Waiss

      September 11, 2010 at 3:55 am

      Khedira is actually starting for Real Madrid along side Alonso

  8. John

    September 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    As a Bayern fan I’ve gotta say these were pretty stupid comments by Nerlinger. 2 of Germany’s brightest prospects aren’t good enough for us yet Mario Gomez who misses open goals from 2 yards out is prevented from leaving?

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm


  9. Ryan

    September 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Nice of this guy to insult members of his own national team. And if these two aren’t any good then how come they both start for Germany? I guess Joachim Loew doesn’t know what he’s doing either.

  10. Diriye

    September 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Failed to see the point of his statement. May be someone wanted a five minute fame for saying outrages things? lol

    Some guy in Schalke’s management people did similar stunt going to Bild and saying Ozil was greedy after contract issues. It could be similar situation here, or other non-football related issues that may come out later. One thing is certain though Schalke didn’t profit from it. Who would forget Schalke losing to Bremen 2-0 in that critical match on home turf, as result conceding the title to Munich. Mesut had his revenge.

    Bayern vs. Real in the knock out stage would be great follow up. lol

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