Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer is adamant that midfielder Joshua Kimmich should play at the 2016 Olympics rather than the European Championships.
The youngster was on the end of a passionate team-talk from manager Pep Guardiola on Saturday after his performance in the 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Although he seemed animated on the pitch, Guardiola was full of praise for the youngster during his post-match press conference.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw left Bayern five-points clear of rivals Dortmund and Kimmich was once again played in defence despite plying his trade as a midfielder.
His displays this season have seen him linked with a place in Joachim Low’s squad for Euro 2016, but Sammer believes he would better off waiting for the Olympics in Rio.
“He will either play in the European Championship or the Olympics. I know that he has been planned for the latter by [Germany Under-21s coach] Horst Hrubesch,” Sammer continued. “If there should be more, Joachim Low will tell us in a quiet moment.
“Playing in the Olympics [would be better] as you’ve already had a long break. He would have enough preparation time and then plays a tournament. He would be full of juice when he gets back.
“Joshua was born in 1995, which must not be forgotten. It shows there is a good mix in German football.
“Good players must have character. Joshua is a good boy. I have the greatest respect for his development.”