Joshua Kimmich has expressed his frustration with a lack of playing time at Bayern Munich amid recent speculations that he wants to reunite with current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, his former manager.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects of Bundesliga, having served a vital role in Bayern’s title-winning season last year.
Kimmich has been quite impressive in defensive midfield and at full-back since joining the German champions in 2015, yet despite showing enough versatility, his chances have been limited under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
He has started only 10 matches and played less than 1,000 minutes since the Italian took charge last July, and after Bayern’s 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, he made his frustration known.
“It does not matter whether I understand it or not,” Kimmich said told reporters. “The fact is I’m not satisfied with it and I want to change it.
“The coach knows I can play as a number six and at right-back, also in the centre of defence. From that he has many options to use me.
“I know my weaknesses and work on them – especially when I’m not playing, I try to do more. In the Bundesliga we have a good lead now and maybe [the team] will be rotated.”
Guardiola is looking for new options at full-back, with the ageing quadruplet of Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov forcing him to reconsider his transfer plans.