MUNICH — Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge plans on sitting down with Julian Green following his disappointing loan stint at Hamburg to determine the next step for the U.S. international.
Green, a product of Bayern's youth system, has made only five appearances for last-place Hamburg in the Bundesliga this season. He was sent down to the reserve team and has played just once for the U-23 side.
"It's looking likely that he'll come back at the end of the season and we'll have to sit together to find the best solution for him," Rummenigge told a small group of American reporters on Monday. "I don't believe that at first he'll be here at Bayern. He will probably need one more year at a club wherever — in Germany or England, I don't know — to show his quality and I believe he has that quality."
Hamburg has been struggling this season and faces relegation. The club fired coach Joe Zinnbauer on Sunday, just six months after he took charge of the team, and the change at the top could work in Green's favor as he looks to get back with the first team.
"Hamburg is in a very difficult position," Rummenigge said. "They fired their coach yesterday and that is one more sign that things at Hamburg are not going well. Maybe (Green) is suffering because of the situation at the club and maybe he's not playing because it looks like he didn't have a good relationship with the old coach. Maybe that will change now in a better way because he's a nice guy, he's skillful and he's a good dribbler."
With Bayern looking to expand its brand globally, Rummenigge would ideally like to have an American player on his squad. He pointed to Landon Donovan's stint with Bayern as an example that the club is open to adding Americans.
"We are always scouting the whole world so probably the best would be to get one American and one Chinese player," he said, with a laugh. "To find some real good quality from there and put it on the pitch, that would be perfect."
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is also a key to getting Americans on Bundesliga clubs, according to Rummenigge. There are currently three U.S. team players getting regular minutes in Germany's top division: Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler and John Brooks.
"I think sometimes Jurgen has given advice to some of these clubs to get these (American) players and under normal circumstances players from the states are not very expensive," he said. "That is the reason why American players are popular in Germany and they have a stable performance."