Bundesliga

  • Demirbay earns two-year Hoffenheim exten...

    Kerem Demirbay has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Hoffenheim until 2021 after a strong start to life at the club. The 23-year-old joined from Hamburg in a reported £1.5 million deal in July 2016 after spending the previous two campaigns on loan at Kai...

    Demirbay earns two-year Hoffenheim extension

    Kerem Demirbay has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Hoffenheim until 2021 after a strong start to life at the club. The 23-year-old joined from Hamburg in a reported £1.5 million deal in July 2016 after spending the previous two campaigns on loan at Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf in the second tier. So far the midfielder has enjoyed a seamless transition to top-flight football, making 15 starts from a possible 21 for a Hoffenheim side sitting fourth in the Bundesliga. Demirbay has three goals and five assists in the league this term and is one of several younger players to have caught the eye for Hoffenheim, alongside Nadiem Amiri, Jeremy Toljan and Niklas Sule, the latter of whom is set to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.  Upon signing his new deal, Demirbay was quick to thank Hoffenheim for the faith they have shown in him. He said: "That I have got to this elite level so fast was a dream of mine, but it's so unexpected. "I believed in that, of course, but the Hoffenheim environment and the trust they've placed in me from the start have naturally given me a real boost."

  • UEFA rules threaten to disqualify RB Lei...

    UEFA will only allow one of Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig to compete in either the Champions League or the Europa League next season, according to a report from Salzburger Nachrichten. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City Rules state no two clubs controlled by the same sponso...

    UEFA rules threaten to disqualify RB Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg from Champions League

    UEFA will only allow one of Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig to compete in either the Champions League or the Europa League next season, according to a report from Salzburger Nachrichten. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City Rules state no two clubs controlled by the same sponsor, organisation or person may play simultaneously in European competition. RB Leipzig's spectacular rise to the Bundesliga has been met with disdain from rival clubs, with many protesting the club's success, having been founded in 2009 as a marketing arm for energy drink giants Red Bull. Ralph Hasenhüttl's side continue to battle with Bayern to be crowned German champions this season, however, and now look certain to qualify for the Champions League next season. Red Bull Salzburg will also qualify for the competition should they retain their Austrian Bundesliga crown, though one of the two may be forced to miss out due to UEFA regulations. Chief of Red Bull Soccer, and in turn responsible for all Red Bull clubs, Oliver Mintzlaff is CEO for RB Leipzig, further suggesting that UEFA will look to avoid competetive distortion. Mintzlaff is quoted by German publication SID: "We are not nervous at RB Leipzig and also the UEFA signals don't exist. If we qualify there is no reason why we should doubt to play in Europe next season." A UEFA spokesman said: "“This will be verified by UEFA, once we have received the competition entry forms from the national football associations after the end of the season in the respective leagues.”

  • Chinese Super League club confirms appro...

    Tianjin Quanjian manager Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed that he held talks over a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, while he is also keen on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic. Tabloid reports on Wednesday have suggested England captain Ro...

    Chinese Super League club confirms approach for Rooney and bid for Aubameyang

    Tianjin Quanjian manager Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed that he held talks over a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, while he is also keen on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic. Tabloid reports on Wednesday have suggested England captain Rooney is now keen to leave Old Trafford after over 12 years at the club. RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd The United striker, who has struggled for regular first-team minutes this season despite breaking the club's goalscoring record in January, has apparently been offered £35 million per year to move to China. And Cannavaro has revealed that Tianjin Quanjian had a "chat" over a move for Rooney, but insists that Aubameyang, who the club apparently made a bid for, and Kalinic are higher priorities. The World Cup winner told Tianjin TV: “We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just chit-chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play. “No further discussion was necessary. The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang. "Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season’s Champions League. “Our prime target is still Kalinic but it’s quite difficult for his club to let him leave at the moment. Martial: I love Manchester United "Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma. I need to communicate with our managing director.” Dortmund sensation Aubameyang has long been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, while Kalinic has previously revealed that he rejected a move to China, insisting that he doesn't feel he's worth his €50m release clause. Cannavaro's side have ample time to recruit players with the transfer window in China not closing until Tuesday, while the new Super League season gets underway on March 3.

  • Gotze should move to China – Matthaus

    Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes that the next logical step for Mario Gotze could be a switch to the Chinese Super League. Football set for CSL domination Gotze scored the winning goal in the World Cup final of 2014 but has toiled to make an impression at both Bayern Mun...

    Gotze should move to China – Matthaus

    Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes that the next logical step for Mario Gotze could be a switch to the Chinese Super League. Football set for CSL domination Gotze scored the winning goal in the World Cup final of 2014 but has toiled to make an impression at both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the campaigns that have followed. Matthaus, himself a World Cup winner, thinks that the 24-year-old is lacking a key attribute to succeed at an elite level and might benefit from a switch to the big-spending CSL, which has attracted the likes of Carlos Tevez and Oscar in recent weeks. "Honestly, even if it sounds a bit nasty, if it does not work for Gotze at Dortmund, he has to go to China. Gotze certainly does not want to make less money,” he told Sport Bild. "He will not go to Schalke, he will not go to Leverkusen, Gladbach cannot afford to sign Gotze. Top clubs from abroad aren’t that interested anymore. "If he does not get in the team at Dortmund, and has the same salary demands, then he will be off to China - but that would be a poor test for a 24-year-old." Gotze has only played 11 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund this term, frequently finding himself on the bench. He has scored only one goal and provided one assist. 

  • Dortmund could renew Tuchel deal

    Thomas Tuchel could be offered a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund despite the club's underwhelming Bundesliga form, according to chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke. Dortmund are third in the table, but sit 13 points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich and eight shy o...

    Dortmund could renew Tuchel deal

    Thomas Tuchel could be offered a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund despite the club's underwhelming Bundesliga form, according to chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke. Dortmund are third in the table, but sit 13 points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich and eight shy of second-placed RB Leipzig. Chicharito still a star at the highest level Defeat to Benfica in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie came amid reports Tuchel's Signal Iduna Park future was under threat, with his deal set to expire next year. But Watzke insists there remains a very real chance the 43-year-old coach will be offered fresh terms. "Of course a new contract is an option," Watzke told Bild. "Let's be honest here, we are not too far away from our pre-season objectives in any of the competitions we take part in. "It is not like everything has gone wrong for us." Tuchel replaced Jurgen Klopp in 2015 and guided them to second place in the Bundesliga and a DFB-Pokal final in his first season at the helm.

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