Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is facing a mutiny at the Allianz Arena amid reports players have grown "sick and tired" of the Spaniard, who has been linked with summer moves to Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
A new set of rules imposed on players has ruffled feathers in the squad. According to German daily Bild, some stars have been accused of coming back from the winter break overweight, as well as being restricted in the topics they can discuss with the media (h/t Calciomercato.com).
Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney provided further insight from the report and detailed that Franck Ribery and Arturo Vidal were the alleged culprits of not sticking closely enough to their diets in recent weeks:
Bild: Pep called Ribery & Vidal fat. No surprises there - two players known for their indulgence in vices!— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) January 29, 2016
Along with being prevented from talking to the press about "transfers or future plans," Guardiola has also implemented a ban on his players travelling abroad on days off "unless it is strictly necessary."
It's already been confirmed the Bayern boss will leave Bavaria at the end of his contract this summer, and the Independent's Mark Critchley recently reported he's "likely" to join one of City, United or Chelsea.
A member of the squad also anonymously told German newspaper Kicker the mood in the dressing room "is not good," with the number of injuries also said to be hurting the atmosphere (h/t Marca).
Although Bayern returned to Bundesliga action last Friday with a 2-1 win over Hamburg, it's said that sluggish display was indicative of the disgruntled aura that's allegedly overcome Bayern's playing staff.
Der FCB remain eight points in front at the summit of the German top flight, but the loss of star centre-back Jerome Boateng, who could miss three months, said Ross Dunbar of DW Sports, is also sore news.
Whitney also contrasted the differences in morale during the end of Guardiola's Bayern Munich reign and that of predecessor Jupp Heynckes, who retired from management in 2013, as opposed to joining another club:
Big differences in Bayern morale heading into Heynckes' last half-term vs Guardiola's. Kicker cites player saying atmosphere "not good" now— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) January 29, 2016
It's already been confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will take over at the Allianz Arena once Guardiola has departed, although it remains unclear as to what the Spaniard's destination will be.
Guardiola clearly isn't afraid to upset his charges in his pursuit of perfection, but his demands are reportedly having an adverse effect on certain members of the Bayern squad.