​Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovač has spoken out in defence of three of his key players, all of whom were indefinitely dropped from the Germany national team by Joachim Löw earlier in the week.

The 59-year-old made the bold decision on Tuesday, ahead of his side's opening Euro 2020 qualification matches against Serbia and the Netherlands later in the month. Germany were humiliated by a group stage exit in the 2018 World Cup, and were also relegated from the A tier in the inaugural UEFA Nations League competition last year.


Discussing Löw's decision to exclude Thomas Müller, Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels from the squad, via the club's ​official Twitter pageKovač said: "I know my players were disappointed, just because of finality. To be thrown on the scrapheap at 29 and 30, respectively, is not right."

The 47-year-old's comments come after the club themselves ​questioned the timing of Löw's decision, and both ​Müller and ​Boateng issued statements calling into question the veteran coach's decision.

In addition to Kovač's words Bayern also posted an official statement from chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic on Löw's decision on their ​website.

It reads: "As a matter of principle, we do not comment on the sporting decisions of the national coach as the selection of the national team squad is solely the responsibility of Joachim Löw.

Niko Kovac

"At the same time, we question the timing and circumstances of the announcement of this decision to the players and the public. The last Germany international fixture was played on 19 November 2018. We are disappointed that the players and the public have been informed of this decision some three and a half months later immediately before crucial games for FC Bayern, on Saturday against VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga title race and a few days later the decider in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie against Liverpool on Wednesday. 

"Thomas Müller (100 international caps), Mats Hummels (70) and Jérôme Boateng (76) have played a total of 246 games for Germany and they helped shape an extremely successful decade for the DFB with winning the World Cup in 2014 being an absolute highlight. FC Bayern has great respect for the contributions of Thomas, Mats and Jérôme to the national team and German football."

Löw has said he's looking to build towards the future, and is looking to take a fresh approach with new players in a bid to turn around the side's poor run of form.

Of course, if the former Austria Wien boss leaves his post this summer in pursuit of a new challenge  - ​Real Madrid are thought to be rather keen on acquiring his services - then the trio of ​Bayern stars could find themselves back in mix. 

Meanwhile, ​Die Roten have been dealt a blow ahead of their Champions League semi-final second-leg clash against Liverpool next week, after Arjen Robben limped out of a training session with a calf injury. The veteran winger had only recently recovered from fitness issues, and will be sorely missed by his side.