Emre Can did not fail at Bayern Munich

The academy director feels the 21-year-old’s inability to nail down a place in the starting XI at FCB was down to his lack of patience rather than related to his ability

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Bayern Munich youth academy director Heiko Vogel does not feel that current Liverpool midfielder Emre Can failed at the Bavarians.

The Germany Under-21 international was widely regarded as one of the most promising talents around at the club in his younger years, but failed to secure regular first-team action at FCB and eventually left for Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, before joining Liverpool after one season at the BayArena.

Nevertheless, Vogel does not see Can’s inability to become a key player at Bayern as failure on the player’s behalf and feels the midfielder simply decided to walk a different path to make a name for himself in the game.

“I do not think Emre Can was not worthy of the high expectations [surrounding him during his time at Bayern],” Vogel was quoted as saying by TZ.

“Maybe he did not give himself enough time to succeed at Bayern. He might have thought it would have been easier to achieve his goals at Leverkusen.

“But I would most certainly not say he has failed at Bayern.”

Can has developed into a valued first-team member at Liverpool since his move ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, making 40 appearances in all competitions in his maiden campaign.