Rummenigge: Bayern ready to welcome Hoeness back

The former Die Roten chief stepped in 2014 after he was sentenced on tax evasion charges, but the current chairman revealed he could work again at Allianz Arena

Uli Hoeness will be welcomed back as Bayern Munich president whenever he is ready to take the role, according to chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Hoeness resigned from the position in 2014 after being found guilty of tax evasion, the former Germany international subsequently sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Karl Hopfner replaced Hoeness as president, but Rummenigge says he will step aside when the former incumbent is ready to return to the Allianz Arena.

“When Uli Hoeness want to be president again Bayern is ready to welcome him,” he told Kicker.

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“I would not be surprised if he wants to run for president again.

“In this case, the very sympathetic Karl Hopfner would waive his candidacy. Everything would be done my mutual agreement.”

Since early 2015 the 64-year-old – who was released midway through his sentence – has worked with Bayern’s youth department on day release.

Hoeness made over 300 appearances as a player for the club, while he served as sporting director for 30 years before assuming the role of president in 2009.

Lahm eyes Champions League glory with Ancelotti

Pep Guardiola may have failed to deliver the European crown to the Allianz Arena, but the Bayern Munich right-back hopes his successor can fulfil the expectation

Philipp Lahm has set his sights on crowning his career with a second Champions League title, and hopes new Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti is the man to deliver it.

Lahm captained Bayern to European glory in 2013, but the Bavarian giants fell short in three consecutive semi-finals under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, who is joining Manchester City from next season.

Ancelotti – a three-time winner of the Champions League as a coach – will replace Guardiola at the Allianz Arena, and Lahm has high hopes for his tenure.

“I would like to win the Champions League again,” Lahm told the club’s official website. “But if it does not happen, I cannot change it – I will always look back on a career that has just been fun.

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“I really had a good time, but I still have a little bit left!  Ancelotti is an experienced coach, a top international coach, who has won the Champions League on a number of occasions.

“I’ve already had many top international coaches, and now I’ve got another one. This is a beautiful thing.

“For me, towards the end of my career, this is an absolute highlight.”

Despite Guardiola’s shortcomings in the Champions League, Lahm insisted the Spaniard had taken Bayern to new heights.

Lahm continued: “He’s taken us to another level in terms of tactics. We’ve lined up with a back three, a back four, a back five and did so well against Juventus in the Champions League last 16 without any recognised centre-backs. 

“He has won three German championship titles in a row. That’s not to be taken for granted either.”


Guardiola's Man City backroom set-up takes shape

The four-man team have worked alongside the Spaniard throughout his time in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and will now have prominent roles at the Etihad Stadium

Four members of Bayern Munich’s backroom staff will be joining Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season, it has been confirmed.

The Bundesliga champions held a farewell dinner for Guardiola and his coaching team at a restaurant in Munich on Wednesday.

“Once again I want to express my deepest thanks for our magnificent time together and wish Pep and his team all the very best indeed,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Domenec Torrent, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Carles Planchart and Manel Estiarte have worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and Bayern, and will follow the decorated coach to the Etihad Stadium.

Torrent has been Guardiola’s assistant since their time together at Barca B, and will take up the same role in Manchester, with Ruben Cousillas, Manuel Pellegrini’s right-hand man, leaving the club alongside the Chilean.

Planchart, the scout and video analyst, also started his career at Barca in 2007 and will head up City’s team of analysts. In his second season in the Bundesliga, Planchart introduced video feedback on each Bayern player’s specific movements, as well as the tactical movements of the team, and made it available to the squad at full-time.

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Buenaventura will replace Jose Cabello as City’s fitness coach. He was brought to Camp Nou by Guardiola for his first season in charge of the senior team in 2008, and has been tasked with ensuring the players are fit enough to carry out the coach’s demanding orders on the pitch.

Estiarte, meanwhile, is Guardiola’s close friend and became his personal assistant during his time in Munich, after working as Barca’s head of external relations between 2008 and 2012,

The four men will join up with goalkeeper coach Xabier Mancisidor, who was brought to City by Pellegrini in 2013 but, unlike Cousillas and Cabello, will remain at the Premier League club.

Brian Kidd is also expected to retain a role within the City structure, while Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is likely to link up with Guardiola despite an offer from the Gunners.

Bayern Munich still open to Gotze exit despite Liverpool snub

Despite interest from Jurgen Klopp, the midfielder insists he wants to stay with the Bundesliga champions, but the German club’s chief admits he is surprised by the decision

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested Mario Gotze could leave the club despite his decision to reject Liverpool, saying the midfielder’s future is ”difficult to judge”.

Goal understands that Liverpool have made the Germany international their priority signing this summer, but the player appeared to rule out a move on Monday by claiming that he is looking forward to work with incoming Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

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But Rummenigge has hinted that Gotze may struggle for playing time under the Italian and suggests the Germany international is focusing on the Euro 2016 campaign, rather than his future.

“I had talks with him and Ancelotti. Mario knows what the club thinks. Everything was clearly and seriously explained to Mario,” Rummenigge told Kicker.

“Perhaps he didn’t want a disturbance during the European Championship.

“Mario has to make a decision – do I want to play regularly?”

Injury limited Gotze to just 14 Bundesliga appearances this season under Pep Guardiola, in which he scored three goals.

Manchester City target Thiago pledges future to Bayern

The Spaniard had been linked with a move to the Citizens to link up with former Barcelona and Die Roten mentor Pep Guardiola, but he has now rubbished speculation

Thiago Alcantara has reiterated his desire to stay at Bayern Munich, despite continued speculation that Pep Guardiola wants to take him to Manchester City.

Guardiola took Thiago with him to Bayern from Barcelona in 2013 and reports have indicated that he is keen to have the 25-year-old playmaker on board at City.

Thiago initially denied that he wanted to leave the Bundesliga champions earlier this year, and has once again pledged his immediate future to the club on social media.

Thanks for your support!!! See you next season, @FCBayern family!

— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) May 25, 2016

In a post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Thiago wrote: “Thanks for your support!!! See you next season, @FCBayern family! #MiaSanMia.”

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Thiago has become the second player this week to publicly declare their loyalty to Bayern after Mario Gotze – who had been heavily linked with Liverpool and his former club Borussia Dortmund – done the same thing on Monday.

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