The row between Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen over the number one goalkeeping spot in the German national team has hit a new high. In response to this issue, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness got involved and threatened to withhold their players from the national team should the 33-year-old be dropped
The Barcelona keeper, who has gone on to become one of the best shot-stoppers in the world over the past few seasons, is unhappy with his lack of playing time with die Mannschaft. The 27-year-old was called up for the recent international break but was left on the bench for both the 4-2 defeat to the Netherlands and the 2-0 win over Northern Ireland.
The player would go on to vent his frustrations, given his excellent 2018/19 form and Neuer’s below-par campaign. The Spanish Primera Division ace said that he was disappointed and that he had given his all to merit a spot, a statement which prompted criticism from Neuer.
While Ter Stegen has made an attempt to end this back-and-forth with his countryman, it’s unlikely that this rivalry will end. Hoeness, though, feels the Camp Nou man has no chance of usurping the legendary sweeper-keeper.
However, Joachim Low has shown that he is not afraid to axe experienced players for younger blood, dropping Hummels, Muller, and Boateng from the national team indefinitely. As a result, the Bayern Munich president fired a stern warning should Neuer meet the same fate.
“We would never accept that [Ter Stegen replacing Neuer as No.1]. [If Bayern are informed of the change] before it happens, we won’t send any players to the national team anymore.
Given that quite a number of German internationals ply their trade at the Allianz Arena such as Niklas Süle, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, and Joshua Kimmich; this statement has caught the attention of many. Nonetheless, it appears that the four-time World Cup-winning nation aren’t afraid.
When asked about the warning, Germany technical director Oliver Bierhoff insisted that he isn’t concerned, saying: “No [I am not concerned]. And according to FIFA rules, a club is obliged to send their players to the national team anyway.”