Bayern Munich

  • Sanches seeking to swap Munich for Milan

    Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has expressed his desire to join AC Milan after becoming frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities with the Bundesliga champions. dabblebet: Back Bayern to win the CL! Sanches impressed in Bayern's 3-2 friendly win over Chelsea...

    Sanches seeking to swap Munich for Milan

    Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has expressed his desire to join AC Milan after becoming frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities with the Bundesliga champions. dabblebet: Back Bayern to win the CL! Sanches impressed in Bayern's 3-2 friendly win over Chelsea in Singapore on Tuesday after starting alongside new arrival Corentin Tolisso in central midfield. But the 19-year-old Portugal international only featured in Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up for a Bundesliga game on six occasions since joining the club from Benfica in 2016, and he admitted his head has been turned by interest from Milan, who are overhauling their squad after being taken over Chinese investors. "Personally, I am not satisfied with my first year in Munich," Sanches told Bild. "Of course, I'd like to play more. That's why I would like to go a club that can give me more playing time. "AC Milan is an interesting option. If the opportunity arises and the clubs can agree, I would like to see them. "I am now on the China tour with FC Bayern, but after that we will get together in Munich and hopefully find a solution. "I'm young and I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich."

  • Chelsea 2 Bayern Munich 3: Muller at the...

    Thomas Muller scored twice as Bayern Munich put in their best pre-season performance so far in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in Singapore. Carlo Ancelotti's side lost on penalties to Arsenal and then 4-0 to AC Milan in their previous International Champions Cup fixtures, and concer...

    Chelsea 2 Bayern Munich 3: Muller at the double as Bayern bounce back

    Thomas Muller scored twice as Bayern Munich put in their best pre-season performance so far in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in Singapore. Carlo Ancelotti's side lost on penalties to Arsenal and then 4-0 to AC Milan in their previous International Champions Cup fixtures, and concerns had begun to surface about their ability to cope with the retirement of influential stars Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso at the end of last season. Brazilian full-back Rafinha soothed those worries by scoring an opening goal that had all the hallmarks of Lahm's attacking game, before Muller scored with two fine strikes as the Premier League champions were overrun by their Bundesliga counterparts. Marcos Alonso pulled one back for the Blues shortly before half-time, and Antonio Conte introduced star signing Alvaro Morata for his first pre-season appearance in the second half. Morata had a hand in Michy Batshuayi's late consolation goal in a second half that saw Bayern continue to create the better of the chances, many of which fell to the Spain striker's former Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez, who endured a frustrating evening. Bayern, keen to make amends for a disappointing performance in their drubbing by Milan, started the game brightly with veteran winger Franck Ribery probing forward down the left flank. It was a cross-field pass from Ribery that allowed Rafinha to break down the right and hit a low, bouncing shot across the face of goal that found the net via Thibaut Courtois' right-hand post. Ribery was again the architect when Bayern made it 2-0 after 11 minutes, skipping into the box and cutting the ball back into the path of the onrushing Muller, who volleyed home from close range. Muller scored the pick of the goals after 26 minutes after he was put through by Corentin Tolisso and then allowed to run at Chelsea's defenders, who backed away while the Germany international curled a powerful 25-yard shot beyond Courtois and into the top-right corner. Chelsea improved before half-time and enjoyed a spell of pressure that culminated in Alonso pulling a goal back, arrowing the ball across Tom Starke and in after Victor Moses' low cross found him unmarked on the left side of the penalty area. Marco Friedl's superb curling cross after 56 minutes found the head of James, who was only inches away from the target with his attempt, and the Colombian star was denied from by a last-ditch Gary Cahill challenge as he bore down on goal four minutes later. Conte sent on Morata along with David Luiz after 63 minutes but Chelsea were frequently stretched throughout the last half hour of play and James should have done better when Ribery teed him up for a shot from 15 yards that he dragged wide. David Luiz saw a deflected effort hit the post, before Chelsea set up a frantic finish when Morata flicked Cesc Fabregas' corner into the path of Batshuayi to bury, but it was too late to alter the result.

  • €222m for Neymar is sign of weakness, sa...

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness feels it is an admission of failure for a club to spend big in the transfer market, as Paris Saint-Germain continue to be linked with an extraordinary €222 million swoop to sign Neymar from Barcelona. Bet Barca to win the Champions League The...

    €222m for Neymar is sign of weakness, says Bayern boss

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness feels it is an admission of failure for a club to spend big in the transfer market, as Paris Saint-Germain continue to be linked with an extraordinary €222 million swoop to sign Neymar from Barcelona. Bet Barca to win the Champions League The Ligue 1 giants are ready to smash the world transfer record by meeting the enormous release clause in the Brazil international's contract, although Barca defender Gerard Pique suggested via a Tweet on Sunday that the 25-year-old has been convinced to remain at Camp Nou. The attacker is yet to confirm his future has been decided, though, and Hoeness believes such a transfer would be a bad sign. "This is a sign of weakness," he said of the outlays being made across Europe.  "If I have to spend a lot of money to achieve nothing, it is more of a sign that I have not worked as well somewhere else. And that's why I cannot be interested in spending so much.  "Not the most expensive transfer is the best, but the one who does the most.  "I think that is why, in this shark basin - €100m, €200m - we must find our own way." Bayern parted with a Bundesliga record fee of €41.5m to capture Corentin Tolisso from Lyon and brought in Niklas Sule from Hoffenheim for a reported €20m. But they have also snared potential bargains in the form of Serge Gnabry, a cut-price arrival from Werder Bremen, James Rodriguez, signed on loan from Real Madrid, and free transfer Sebastian Rudy, as the team prepares to try and secure a sixth successive Bundesliga title.  RB Leipzig sprung a surprise to finish second to Bayern last season, but Hoeness expects a more predictable rival to vie for the championship in 2017-18. "Leipzig will play a good season again, but the first challenger will surely be Borussia Dortmund," he said. Messi, Suarez & Pique convince Neymar to stay Bayern were without a sporting director in coach Carlo Ancelotti's first campaign in charge last term, after failing to replace Matthias Sammer, who stepped down in July 2016. According to Hoeness, though, they are now close to making an appointment. "We will announce a sporting director within the next six weeks," he said. "I've already said that [executive chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been looking around, and there have been some talks taking place."

  • Bayern star Alaba: There aren't many top...

    EXCLUSIVE Full-backs are being bought for exorbitant sums in the current transfer window because there are very few quality players in those positions, according to Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba.  The Austrian's comments come in the wake of Manchester City making French ...

    Bayern star Alaba: There aren't many top quality full-backs

    EXCLUSIVE Full-backs are being bought for exorbitant sums in the current transfer window because there are very few quality players in those positions, according to Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba.  The Austrian's comments come in the wake of Manchester City making French left-back Benjamin Mendy the world's most expensive full-back after securing his services from Monaco for a whopping £52 million.  What are Bayern's odds to beat Chelsea? Interestingly, City broke their own record, having signed right-back Kyle Walker last week for a fee of £45m before roping in Danilo from Real Madrid for £26.5m.  Alaba, who is in Singapore for participating in the International Champions Cup (ICC) pre-season tournament, feels that the demands of the market means teams are forced to shell out big bucks for securing good full-backs.  "I guess you don’t have as many quality full-backs at the moment and maybe five on the right side, three, two or five on the left side, full-backs who play at one level," he told Goal on the sidelines of an Adidas event at Collyer Quay, Singapore. "I guess a very good full-back is not easy to find in the market right now. "If you want to have a good one, I guess it’s expensive."  However, the highly-rated left-back is not thinking about a big-money elsewhere. "At the moment, I am good at Bayern Munich and I don’t think about that," he said when broached on the subject.  Bayern Munich have brought in a host of new signings including James Rodriguez, Sebastian Rudy and Corentin Tolisso among others this season. Alaba is chuffed about the development and expressed hope that they will help the team kick on.  Neymar needs to confirm Barca future "Well, you could see the players getting into the team are doing really well. They bring really great qualities with them. I guess they can help us in future." The 25-year-old also feels that Carlo Ancelotti is very similar to what former coach Pep Guardiola, who left the German champions last season. "I guess you cannot differentiate between them.  "They are both world class coaches. Both have a lot of experience and are successful in what they are doing. Like I said, you cannot differentiate."  Alaba also stated that he is not interested in a move to China, despite the exorbitant wages on offer, but does not think players who do opt for such moves are necessarily greedy.  "Everybody has to decide for his self, for his life and his for future. You know what I mean. So it is difficult to talk about it as everybody has his own chance to decide for themselves. I am 25 years old now and I don’t have to think about it [China] presently," he said. 

  • Morata set for Chelsea debut against Bay...

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that Alvaro Morata will make his first appearance for the Blues in Tuesday’s friendly against Bayern Munich. The Spain international striker represents Chelsea’s biggest transfer outlay of the summer to date, having arrived from Real Madrid for...

    Morata set for Chelsea debut against Bayern, Conte confirms

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that Alvaro Morata will make his first appearance for the Blues in Tuesday’s friendly against Bayern Munich. The Spain international striker represents Chelsea’s biggest transfer outlay of the summer to date, having arrived from Real Madrid for a club record fee of £70 million. Get Chelsea at 10/3 to win the Premier League He will be given a gentle introduction in the friendly, which will be played in Singapore. “I will give him the chance to play some of the game,” Conte said in a pre-match press conference. “Not from the start, though. He’s just started to work but I want to give him part of the game. “He is a young player but has a lot of experience in his career. He’s played with two big teams, Juventus and Real Madrid, played difficult games and won the Champions League last year.  “I think he can have a good impact.  “For sure, the Premier League is a different league. It is very tough, physically very strong, but he’s ready to have a good impact.”

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