Bayern Munich have hit out at a report linking Joshua Kimmich with a move away from the club and announced they will take legal action against the newspaper that published it.
Stuttgarter Zeitung claimed on Tuesday that the Kimmich, 22, was certain to leave Bayern in the summer due to a lack of game time under coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The paper added that Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig and Manchester City are in the race to sign the highly-rated Kimmich.
“That’s an outrageous hoax,” chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement published on the Bayern website. “This story misses every base, Joshua Kimmich has a contract until 2020 and will definitely play for Bayern next season.”
Rummenigge added in the same statement that his club “will immediately take action against the Stuttgart newspaper.”
Kimmich, considered by many as the successor of Bayern’s retiring captain Philipp Lahm, played for Leipzig for two seasons in the German second and third division before moving to Bayern in 2015 when Pep Guardiola was in charge of the club.
He has started 15 Bundesliga games this season, coming off the bench 11 times as Carlo Ancelotti’s side wrapped up a fifth straight Bundesliga title — and had admitted himself that he was “not satisfied” with his playing time in March after a start to the season which saw him net eight goals for club and country by mid-October.