There has been plenty of talk about Emre Can’s future today, and Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has been having his say on the midfielder as well.
Emre Can was in the Bayern youth set-up when Heynckes was previously at the club.
And Heynckes said: “There’s always certain criteria when you’re signing a player. I only had Emre Can for a few months. He is a good, young player who has developed well – he is dynamic and powerful.”
Despite letting the then 19-year-old leave for Leverkusen in 2013, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rumennigge dubbed Can “one of the biggest talents in German football.”
The following year Can moved to Liverpool for €12 million, with Bayern not taking up their option to buy back the player from their Bundesliga rivals.
Heynckes — who is currently expected to leave Bayern at the end of the season — did say there were issues with Can in training during their first months working together.
“He used the heading pendulum and trained with his instep,” he said. “That is the football ABC. Normally you need to be able to master these.”
In 2015, Can told Munich daily tz that his former boss Heynckes had “criticised him every day in training because he supported me and always wanted to bring me on.”