Bayern Munich

  • Bayern not selling Thiago, says Salihami...

    Thiago Alcantara remains a key part of Bayern Munich's squad for the 2018-19 season despite a host of central midfield options, says sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The Barcelona youth product has been linked to a return to Camp Nou during the close-season, with Real Madri...

    Bayern not selling Thiago, says Salihamidzic

    Thiago Alcantara remains a key part of Bayern Munich's squad for the 2018-19 season despite a host of central midfield options, says sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The Barcelona youth product has been linked to a return to Camp Nou during the close-season, with Real Madrid and Manchester City also said to be interested in the 27-year-old. And with Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, James Rodriguez, Renato Sanches and Thomas Muller all vying for a starting role it had been suggested Bayern could cash in. However, Salihamidzic is adamant the Spain international is very much part of head coach Niko Kovac's plans. "Of course we are planning with him," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. "It will be an interesting battle for places with nine midfielders. "It's the club's duty to the coach to put together a squad for where no discontent is pre-existing, and at the moment we have – more or less – nine central midfielders for probably only three positions." Since arriving from Barca in 2013 Thiago has won five Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals. However, he suggested in May that his future with the Bavarian side is not all clear when asked if he would stay. But the club have been urged to sell Thiago by their former star Lothar Matthaus, who criticised him for performances in big games after their elimination from the Champions League semi-finals last season. "I do not know where he is with his head. With these issues, he is not a player for Bayern Munich," the ex-Germany star said. "If there is an appropriate offer, you can think about it. Especially since Bayern have Thomas Müller, James Rodríguez and Leon Goretzka for the same position "

  • Bayern Munich sign Chris Richards from F...

    Bayern Munich have announced the loan signing of FC Dallas defender Chris Richards until the end of 2018. The 18-year-old, who models his style of play on FCB star Jerome Boateng, will hook up with the Bavarians' Under-19 side, coached by Sebastian Hoeness. Having completed a 1...

    Bayern Munich sign Chris Richards from FC Dallas

    Bayern Munich have announced the loan signing of FC Dallas defender Chris Richards until the end of 2018. The 18-year-old, who models his style of play on FCB star Jerome Boateng, will hook up with the Bavarians' Under-19 side, coached by Sebastian Hoeness. Having completed a 10-day trial with the Bundesliga club, the Alabama native turned heads with his performances and the Germans are happy to have their newest recruit on board. “Chris made a very good impression during his trial in Munich, so we’ve decided to bring him here and give him a chance to play for our U19s,” Campus director Jochen Sauer said. “We have a lot of confidence in him.” Bayern formed a strategic partnership with Dallas around five months ago, and the pair feel that that union is already beginning to bear fruit. “We’re very happy to announce this so early into our partnership with Dallas,” said Rudolf Vidal, Bayern's President of the Americas. “FC Dallas is one of the leading MLS clubs in terms of the promotion of talent. With this partnership, FC Bayern aims to help support the growth of soccer in the US.” Dallas president Dan Hunt was similarly happy with the deal.

  • Rebic to address Bayern Munich links aft...

    Croatia and Eintracht Frankfurt star Ante Rebic has praised former boss Niko Kovac but will not discuss rumours linking him with a move to Bayern Munich until after the World Cup. Kovac was officially unveiled as Bayern head coach on Monday, having moved to the Bundesliga champi...

    Rebic to address Bayern Munich links after World Cup

    Croatia and Eintracht Frankfurt star Ante Rebic has praised former boss Niko Kovac but will not discuss rumours linking him with a move to Bayern Munich until after the World Cup. Kovac was officially unveiled as Bayern head coach on Monday, having moved to the Bundesliga champions to replace Jupp Heynckes. Since joining Bayern, Kovac has been linked with a raid on his old club, with Croatia forward Rebic reportedly at the top of the list after spending two years working together. Rebic - who scored twice - and Kovac masterminded Frankfurt's stunning 3-1 win over Bayern in the DFB-Pokal final last season. Asked about Kovac's move and the possibility of joining him, Rebic told reporters: "I've been working with him for a number of years. "He was very successful [at Eintracht]. He earned his place at Bayern. "I'm a player of Eintracht and I'm only focused on the World Cup at the moment. "After the World Cup, then we can talk [about my future]." Rebic was speaking as Croatia prepare for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final showdown against hosts Russia in Sochi. Croatia overcame Denmark in a penalty shoot-out to reach the last eight, while Russia stunned 2010 champions Spain by the same method. Led by Zlatko Dalic, Croatia are viewed as dark horses to win the tournament as they look to surpass the achievements of the iconic 1998 team, who finished third in France 20 years ago. "Football was different 20 years ago," Rebic said. "Now we're on a good path. We have great support. I believe in our team that we can do something similar." As for the challenge in facing Russia, he added: "We have analysed them. We have to focus on ourselves. We have more quality in our team. We will set the tone."

  • Kovac hopes Lewandowski stays at Bayern ...

    New Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac is excited to work with star striker Robert Lewandowski and hopes he stays with the Bundesliga giants. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena after his agent said in May that the Poland international "needs...

    Kovac hopes Lewandowski stays at Bayern after positive talks

    New Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac is excited to work with star striker Robert Lewandowski and hopes he stays with the Bundesliga giants. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena after his agent said in May that the Poland international "needs a change". Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as possible destinations, while Real Madrid were initially reported to be interested. But Kovac - speaking at his first press conference as Bayern boss on Monday - said he had spoken to Lewandowski and told him that he wants him to stay.   "Bayern Munich has a very strong squad, everyone's a class player," Kovac told the assembled media. "I do want to keep the players here, but obviously I know things can happen in the transfer market. Currently, there's nothing to report. "I was on the phone with Lewandowski and told him my opinion. I'm looking forward to working with him. He's a world-class striker who has achieved a lot at this club [and] in the future will continue to perform that way." Kovac - who joined Bayern on a three-year deal from Eintracht Frankfurt - inherits eight players who formed part of the Germany squad that sensationally crashed out at the first-round stage of the World Cup for the first time since 1938. While conceding that he is disappointed with the national team's shock early exit, he does not think it will have a lingering impact on his players when they return for pre-season training. "It's annoying and frustrating that they're out of the World Cup," he added. "As coach of Bayern Munich it's true that I'm quite happy about that because I have a few players that will join me sooner. "The disappointment is there, but I think they will forget that on vacation. And I think that they will be fully motivated on the first day of training - I expect passion and ambition.  "These are players who can motivate themselves and want to win more titles despite many titles [already]."

  • Kovac hints at Bayern stay for Swansea f...

    Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has suggested that Renato Sanches will stay at the club, despite a torrid time on loan at Swansea City. Sanches spent the 2017-18 season in the Premier League but saw his stay with the Swans disrupted by injury and a lack of form. The young m...

    Kovac hints at Bayern stay for Swansea flop Sanches

    Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has suggested that Renato Sanches will stay at the club, despite a torrid time on loan at Swansea City. Sanches spent the 2017-18 season in the Premier League but saw his stay with the Swans disrupted by injury and a lack of form. The young midfielder, heralded as one of the signings of the season when his short-term move to the Liberty Stadium was confirmed, played the full 90 minutes just four times in the league. However, Kovac, who has been unveiled as the club's new boss following the departure of interim Jupp Heynckes, believes that Sanches has the tools to be a success in the Bundesliga. "He is a young player and you have to have understanding when he is not a hit in a foreign country immediately," he said. "I am looking forward to working with him. He has skills which you don't see in the Bundesliga very often. "I hope he takes this challenge here and will be a hit in the end." Sanches has won 13 caps for Portugal and came of age at Euro 2016, when the country won the tournament, but he was left out of the squad for the 2018 World Cup, with the Seleccao losing to Uruguay in the last 16. Kovac was also asked about the possibility of a bid for Ante Rebic, with whom he used to work at Eintracht Frankfurt. "He is a great player, I am glad that he delivers so well at the World Cup," he said of the Croatia international. "He is a player that every team could benefit from."

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