The former Bayern midfielder, who won six Bundesliga titles with the Bavarians, has been named the club’s new sporting director

Bayern Munich have announced the appointment of the club’s former midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director.

Salihamidzic won six Bundesliga titles with Bayern during his playing career and was confirmed in the role at a press conference on Monday.

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Bayern have operated without a sporting director for the last year after Matthias Sammer stepped down from the role due to ill health.

“With Hasan, we get someone who knows Bayern, who has worked here as a pro,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at a press conference. “He’s extremely hard-working, always giving 100 per cent.

“He hasn’t signed his contract yet, but it will run until 2020.

“He’ll be responsible for the football, he’s the link between coach and team, coach and club, scouting, youth academy.”

Captain Philipp Lahm had been expected to take up the role but the right-back opted to take time away from the game following his retirement at the end of last season.

Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti seemed unimpressed with the impending arrival of Bayern’s new sporting director when he spoke to the media earlier on Monday.

“I do not know who is being presented,” Ancelotti told reporters at an Audi Cup press conference.

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“I do not think that last season anything was missing, but the club was of the opinion that a new sports director was required. He is definitely welcome.”