Bayern Munich centre-back Martin Demichelis has admitted that he wants to leave the club.
The 29-year-old was omitted from the starting line-up for the Bundesliga champions' opening game of the season against Wolfsburg by manager Louis Van Gaal.
The Dutch coach opted for young defender Holger Badstuber to play alongside Daniel Van Buyten, leaving the Argentina international to have to settle for a place on the bench.
Demichelis however refused to accept the decision, instead deciding not to attend the game, making his feelings to Van Gaal very clear.
"The truth is that a cycle is ending and it's better for both sides if we go separate ways," Demichelis told Bild newspaper.
"I don't think it is fair to remain with the team if the signs point to separation."
Van Gaal response
Van Gaal hit back at the player however, stating that he must deal with any decision he makes in a professional manner.
"I made my decision and the player must accept it. He won the title last season, but now has been replaced and he must accept that, it's not easy," added Van Gaal.
Despite the centre-back stating his desire to depart, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted that they would not be releasing the player before the end of the summer transfer window.
"We need four players at centre-back," he said.
"This is the season after the World Cup and we are all well advised to stay quiet until January. Things can change."