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Michael Schumacher’s manager reveals F1 great’s “secret dream” to disappear from public eye – months before skiing accident

 Michael Schumacher ‘s manager has revealed the Formula 1 great had a secret desire to disappear from the public eye – in along discussion before his skiing accident.

More than two years have passed since Schumacher’s tragic accident which left him in a coma fighting for his life.

Michael Schumacher and wife, Corinne
Michael Schumacher and wife, Corinne

He is still being cared for at his palatial home on the shores of Lake Geneva by full-time rehabilitation staff, but news of his condition has become scarce.

But his manager, Sabine Kehm, has revealed that he had always intended to “disappear” from the attention of the world’s media.

And that is why she continues to conceal information about his current condition.

Speaking at a meeting of 90 media professionals at Lake Starnberg, and she said: “In general the media have never reported on Michael and Corinna’s private live. When he was in Switzerland, for example, it was clear he was a private individual.

“Once in a long discussion Michael said to me: ‘You don’t need to call me for the next year, I’m disappearing.’

“I think it was his secret dream to be able to do that some day. That’s why now I still want to protect his wishes in that I don’t let anything get out.”

Schumacher suffered the severe head injury while holidaying with friends and family in the French Alps on 29 December 2013.He was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital requiring ‘immediate neurosurgical intervention’ and underwent two life-saving operations.

Kehm too was on holiday at the time of the accident and she has revealed her horror at finding out the news of his condition – and the media scramble for information.

“The news reached me the way it often does,” recalled Kehm. “I got a phone call asking whether I could confirm Michael had been in an accident.

“I couldn’t confirm it – I was on holiday like a lot of people at the time. After five minutes a journalist was having a go at me asking why I wouldn’t confirm the accident.

“I took a lot of calls that afternoon, tried to get information myself and to get hold of Michael.

“We had to try to secure the hospital and draft in security. We needed to keep the journalists away because it would have been difficult medically.

“I understand it needs to be reported and that people are interested. But I believe as a journalist you should also ask yourself what and how you report.

“The car park and the hospital entrance were very full. People visiting other patients were spoken to and asked whether they knew anything. It was chaotic.

“There were also several instances of friends and relatives of other patients trying to get money from journalists. They wandered around and offered information about Michael.

“Doctors were spoken to by visitors and asked whether they might be able to take a photo on their phone and whether there were opportunities.”

The German remains the most decorated F1 driver of all-time, having claimed seven world championships and 91 race wins.

As a result, he became the race of motor sport through the nineties and noughties.

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo recently claimed that he had bad news over Schumacher’s condition.

Speaking in February, he refused to expand on the information that he was given, but Kehm soon revealed that she was still hopeful the German would “one day be back with us”.