Corentin Tolisso on leaving Bayern Munich: “I felt as though I needed a new challenge.”

In an interview with L’Équipe published today, French midfielder Corentin Tolisso discussed his departure from Bayern Munich at the end of the season, with his contract not being renewed by the German club.

The World Cup winner’s time in Bavaria ends after five years, over the course of which he has won a host of titles but struggled to make a significant impact due to injuries.

“We agreed with the management that I wouldn’t get flowers in the final match like Niklas Süle did. I didn’t know what Bayern’s decision was yet. It had been three weeks and I hadn’t had any news, I asked my agent to call them and the decision had been made. We chose to announce it yesterday. It’s good that way. I was able to play my final match for Bayern in front of my family, that’s the most important thing.”

“There were lots of good moments. The 2020 Champions League win was the ultimate objective. There were league titles too, I’m very proud of all that. Nobody can take that away from me. In the first year, I was really happy, I was playing and scoring [10 goals]. That’s what took me to the World Cup. Then I entered into a repetitive cycle. I would come back, score, get injured, come back again… It affected my morale, and as a result my fitness as well. I felt as though I needed a new challenge, to open a new era in order to break that spiral. I’m a competitor, being at Bayern as a substitute is not satisfying for me. I want to be at the heart of a project, to feel that I’m important.”

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