“First of all, I have to say about David that he had a great season,” Rummenigge told Sky Germany.
“It was born out of necessity that he had to play at centre-back because we had several injuries, and then Hansi [Flick, Bayern coach] put him in this position.
“He did it with flying colours. We haven’t had a ‘chief’ in defence for some time now, one who really takes the reins in hand and sets the tone there and simply acts as the head of the defensive unit – he did that.
“This has been seen especially in these coronavirus times. In these empty stadiums, his instructions showed how well he organised it at the back.
“Even with his style of play, he is a very, very important player for us, we don’t need to talk about that.
“I am nevertheless optimistic that at the end of the day we will find a solution that David will even end his career here.
“I have always said that, for me, David is actually something like Franz Beckenbauer. He is the first player to play again at this level like Franz back then.
“I think David knows what he has at Bayern, and we know what we have in David.”
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