Joshua Kimmich “abandoned” by Bayern Munich during Covid

Joshua Kimmich “abandoned” by Bayern Munich during Covid
Joshua Kimmich “abandoned” by Bayern Munich during Covid

Joshua Kimmich is one of the key players for Bayern Munich and the German national team. It is therefore not surprising that the ZDF chose to broadcast a documentary entitled “Joshua Kimmich, leader and ringleader” while Euro 2024 is in full swing. In this report released Thursday, the 29-year-old speaks candidly about his career and his private life. Particularly on the complicated times experienced during Covid.

As a reminder, the situation of Joshua Kimmich was controversial in Germany during the pandemic. The Mannschaft full-back had initially chosen not to be vaccinated for personal reasons while several successive waves had hit Germany. Finally affected too, he suffered from lung problems following his infection.

“I felt alone for too long,” said, moved, Joshua Kimmich in an excerpt from the documentary filmed in March 2022. I’ve been at the club for almost seven years and there haven’t been many scandals around Me. It was the first brake and that’s when I saw the club’s reaction. I’m hurt and disappointed.”

During the pandemic, Bayern Munich had adopted an uncompromising line. The Bavarian club had decided to reduce the salaries of unvaccinated players placed in solitary confinement. A measure which was necessarily applied to Joshua Kimmich.

The latter says in the documentary that friends turned away from him during this period. “I was told that fewer people would have died if I had been vaccinated, it’s brutal,” he said in tears. He finally changed his mind and agreed to be vaccinated.

But it was especially against his club that the German international had a certain resentment. “The sense of trust I had in the club has been destroyed and it’s not like it’s going to be able to be restored in two or three conversations.”

For Bayern, we must hope that this problem is now resolved, because in 2025, Joshua Kimmich’s contract, signed in 2021, will end. And a good number of European big names would be very happy to have such a player back.

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