KEY POINTS

  • Hernandez not giving up with Bayern Munich just yet
  • Hernandez needs to improve on tactical deficits says Flick
  • Hernandez to consider options if he fails to get groove this coming season

Lucas Hernandez has yet to hit his stride with Bayern Munich and this coming season will be a critical one for the 24-year-old left-back. He could opt for the easy way out, check the transfer window and weigh his options. But the French player prefers to give himself one more season before deciding what lies ahead.

"Leave Bayern? No. I still have four years of contract, I just signed there," Hernandez told Telefoot.  "After that, it will depend on this season. If it continues to be complicated like that, I will see."

Hernandez had a rough first season with Der FCB. He was acquired by Bayern from Atletico Madrid for $90 million ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. But an ankle ligament damage he suffered back in October hampered his performance and left him struggling to get playing time. David Alaba and Alphonso Davies were able to nail down spots last season, moves made under the watch of Hansi Flick who replaced Niko Kovac as the head coach.

With his rough-and-tumble season, Hernandez only made 12 starts across all competitions. He was linked to a move to Paris Saint-Germain but the 24-year-old player says that these are nothing more than rumors, Goal reported. And looking ahead, it appears a move out of Allianza Arena will depend on his performance for the 2020-21 season.

"These are rumors, but personally I haven't received anything yet, neither my agent, nor my relatives," Hernandez said via Goal.

But if Hernandez is to work and improve on his game for the season, Flick may have given a hint on what he needs to work on. According to him, the French player has tactical deficits that needed to be corrected during his injury lay-off, something he may want to work on moving forward.

"Lucas is an absolute professional, I like his dynamic training," Flick said. "He was absent for a long time and therefore has tactical deficits,” Flick said in another report from Goal. "I'm happy with him, every player needs a rhythm. I see its potential."

For Hernandez, the new season gives him a fresh start. He knows what to work on to get a spot under coach Flick. But if injuries and no playing action happens once more, next summer should be an intriguing one for the 24-year-old player.