Flick leaves Muller out of Germany's squad while warning Neuer
Following their Qatar World Cup exit in the group stage, Hansi Flick reveals he's eager to give youngsters more international opportunities by omitting Thomas Muller from the Germany squad.
Scoring 44 goals through 121 Germany caps, Thomas Muller will play no role in his side's friendlies with Belgium and Peru later this month. However, Hansi Flick left the door open for a potential return considering Muller's form at Bayern. He has scored four goals and provided seven assists this term.
"I discussed with Thomas that he will not be called up to the games in March and June," Flick toldSuddeutsche Zeitung
"I want to give younger players a chance with the national team. But that doesn't mean that his Germany career is over or that he won't play a role at the Euros.
"He sees things the way I do. As a national team player, you don't retire. You either get a call-up or you don't, and he's now on hold until the summer.
"Why would I shut the door on a player like that forever? Look at his current importance for Bayern. He's totally important again, and I'm very happy for him."
Flick further insisted there is no guarantee that Bayern captain Manuel Neuer remains his first-choice goalkeeper upon his injury return.
"The performance concept is in the foreground," Flick added. "There's nothing set in stone — Manu knows that.
"I am convinced that he will reach his performance limit when he becomes 100 percent fit again."
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