Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has defended his record of bringing young players into teams and demanded he be given more time to do so at the Allianz Arena.
Dietmar Hamann, the former Bayern midfielder, criticised Ancelotti earlier this month for neglecting young players and said that they don’t develop enough under Ancelotti.
Now, speaking in an interview with Bild, Ancelotti said that Bayern president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz RUmmenigge have both urged him to get young players more involved in the coming season.
Ancelotti countered by saying that the “step up” from youth talent to the first team “is not that easy. You need time.”
He went on to say, “There are a few players that could have a future here. Christian Fruchtl, Marco Friedl, Felix Gotze, Lukas Mai and Timothy Tillman all took part in the Audi Cup. There’s also some very good players in the under-19s at the moment like Franck Evina, [Lars Lukas] Mai and Marcel Zylla.”
Last week the club’s new €70 million academy, FC Bayern Campus, was officially opened.
The team are hoping to develop their own home-grown talent to follow in the footsteps of players such as Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller. Speaking at the opening ceremony Hoeness said that the academy will help the team avoid “the current transfer madness and the explosion of salaries”.
Ancelotti agreed with his president in the interview and said that, “The academy’s aim is to develop our own professionals and bring these players through into the first team.”
While Ancelotti pointed out the difficulties in bringing through young players, he also pointed out his record at Real Madrid, “At Real Madrid I brought through five players from the academy, Jese [Rodriguez], [Alvaro] Morata, Nacho, Casemiro and [Dani] Carvajal who came back [from Bayer Leverkusen],” he said. “I am hoping for a similar development in Bayern’s future.”