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Flick shocks Bayern, saying: 'I'll quit'

·2-min read

Hansi Flick has announced that he intends to leave as Bayern Munich coach after the season.

The German champions' all-conquering coach made the announcement after his team went seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-2 victory in Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Flick told Sky TV that he had informed club bosses in midweek about his decision, and he told the players after the game which moved them closer to a record-extending ninth straight title.

There was no immediate reaction from the club.

Flick, who has a contract until 2023, did not want to give details but he has had a strained relationship with Munich board member sports Hasan Salihamidzic over the past months.

Former Germany assistant coach Flick also didn't want to confirm that he aims to succeed Joachim Low as national team coach in summer.

Flick became Munich coach in November 2019 and won six titles with the team in the past season. This term, though, they can only win the Bundesliga.

"I would like to be released out of my contract at the end of the season," Flick said.

"We have had two fantastic years. I am delighted with my team. Thanks to the club for being allowed to train such a team.

"My future is absolutely not clear," he added. "Of course the national team is an option every coach has to consider. I have to digest everything, the last weeks weren't easy."

The Bundesliga is Munich's last title option after Tuesday's Champions League dethronement by Paris St Germain and they made no mistakes in a seventh straight win against Wolfsburg.

Teenage sensation Jamal Musiala scored a brace with a low shot and a looping header to take his tally for the season to six while Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting got the other.

Wolfsburg, who had Wout Weghorst and Maximilian Philipp on target, suffered a second straight defeat but remained third because fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt crashed 4-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Germany defender Matthias Ginter headed Jonas Hofmann's corner home at the near post in the 10th, Hofmann drilled the second from a tight right angle on the hour before Ramy Bensebaini and Hannas Wolf completed a big win.

Union Berlin beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1, Augsburg and Arminia Bielefeld drew 0-0 while bottom side Schalke are another step closer to relegation following a 4-0 drubbing at mid-table Freiburg.