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Hasan Salihamidzic explains why Bayern didn't sign Timo Werner

By Laura Brandt

Hasan Salihamidzic isn't sure Timo Werner would fit into Bayern München's way of playing.

Timo Werner (left) and David Alaba (right).
Timo Werner (left) and David Alaba (right).Photo: GEPA Pictures/Gabor Krieg

Bayern München sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has explained why the German champions chose not to bring in Timo Werner from RB Leipzig last summer.

According to reports, Bayern could have snapped up Werner for just €25 million thanks to a release clause, but Salihamidzic says he isn't sure the 23-year-old would have been a good fit at Allianz Arena.

"Timo Werner is a good player who had an excellent first half of the season. However, we have Robert Lewandowski. Robert is a striker who is a perfect fit for our playing style," Salihamidzic said in an interview with Sport Bild and added:

"Robert is able to orientate himself despite having little space on the pitch. He has the ability to move in tight spaces and find excellent solutions with the ball.

"With his pace, Timo Werner needs more space, just like he had in the system that Leipzig played. They may have changed their system, but it's still not as tight for them offensively as it is for us," the Bayern boss explained.

Werner, who chose to extend his contract with Leipzig until 2023 instead, has scored 23 goals in 25 games this season.

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