Benatia: If I have to leave Bayern, then I will

The 29-year-old defender has been linked with a summer move to Juventus and says he has not ruled out the possibility of leaving Allianz Arena at the end of the season

Medhi Benatia is open to the possibility of leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season amid the club’s interest in Mats Hummels.

Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the club’s interest in the Germany international, although the defender has subsequently denied claims he has asked to join Bayern.

Talk of Hummels’ return to Bayern has sparked speculation over Benatia’s future at Allianz Arena amid interest from Italian champions Juventus.

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And former Roma centre-back Benatia left the door open to a Bayern exit following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, with the Morocco international criticising the club’s public pursuit of Hummels.

“Hummels? He is a great player and would be welcomed here,” Benatia was quoted as telling Sky Sport Italia.

“In my case, if I have to leave Bayern at the end of this season, then I will leave.

“I will not do it like the managerial staff, who spoke about transfer rumours before an important game like the semi-finals of the Champions league [against Atletico Madrid].

“I am only thinking on finishing the season well and I want to live great emotions. I am talking about the Champions League, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. In a player’s career, it is important to live these moments.”

Hummels didn't deserve Dortmund abuse, claims Tuchel

The German boss disagreed with the treatment his central defender received at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, as fans of the club showed their anger towards his transfer request

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel believes some fans “went too far” in their rough treatment of Mats Hummels in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Wolfsburg.

Hummels captained Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park, despite requesting a transfer to bitter rivals Bayern Munich in midweek.

The Germany defender hit out at “nonsense” suggestions that he had approached Bayern over a move, but regardless his name was booed before Saturday’s 5-1 win over Wolfsburg, before his every touch was whistled and the ‘Yellow Wall’ raised a banner which read: “The captain is leaving the ship. The sooner, the better!”

While Tuchel admitted the backlash was to be expected, he expressed sorrow that some had spoiled the game’s atmosphere.

“It wasn’t hard to imagine that the fans would want to give voice to their dissatisfaction,” Tuchel said.

“A very ambivalent mood could be felt in the stadium.

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“He was whistled whenever he was on the ball at first, but then the majority of the crowd attempted to drown that out with applause and take a stand.

“It is not pleasant for your captain to have to deal with such an atmosphere in your own stadium. I think there is a difference between whistling and offensive songs which go too far in their content.”

Tuchel insists that despite the supporters’ fury, Hummels remains well supported among his Dortmund team-mates.

He added: “Since this came to light on Thursday, there has been a strong feeling of solidarity.

“The team is a tight-knit group. Mats was able to rely on his team mates continuing to play with him as normal – irrespective of what happens.

“That gave him the sense of security to allow him to stay calm and relaxed, and to play a strong game.”

Hummels denies asking to join Bayern

The centre-back is keen to join Borussia Dortmund’s fierce rivals in the summer but vehemently denied claims that he approached the club

Mats Hummels has denied approaching Bayern Munich over a summer move after asking to leave Borussia Dortmund.

The centre-back ended long-standing speculation over his future earlier in the week as BVB issued an official statement confirming Hummels’ desire to join their fierce rivals.

The club insisted at the time that no official approach had been made though former Bayern president Uli Hoeness claimed on Friday that the player had already set a move in motion.

He said: “When somebody comes knocking on your door, Bayern would be ill advised to not open that door.”

Hummels, who was the subject of protests and boos from fans throughout Saturday’s 5-1 win over Wolfsburg, has now vehemently denied the comments.

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“I have not offered myself anywhere,” he told reporters. “That is the greatest piece of nonsense I’ve ever heard.”

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge moved to clarify Hoeness’s comments following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

“Maybe Uli has not understood it correctly,” he said. “We were knocking on his door, not Hummels knocking on our door.

“Mats has not moved offensively towards us but we asked him whether he could imagine himself moving to Bayern.”

Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach: Bavarians made to wait for title

Pep Guardiola’s men were denied their fourth successive Bundesliga crown in a row after Andre Hahn’s second-half strike cancelled out Thomas Muller’s header on Saturday

Andre Hahn put Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title celebrations on hold as his second-half strike secured a 1-1 draw for Borussia Monchengladbach at Allianz Arena.

Bayern went into Saturday’s match seven points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund and in the knowledge a win over Gladbach would be enough for a record-breaking fourth successive championship.

Thomas Muller eased the home faithful’s nerves when he marked his 350th appearance for the Bavarian club with a header that squirmed beyond visiting goalkeeper Yann Sommer in the sixth minute.

But Bayern were guilty of stepping off the gas and required an impressive reaction save from Manuel Neuer to deny Hahn shortly before the interval.

Hahn got the better of the Germany international goalkeeper with 18 minutes remaining, however, rifling home from substitute Lars Stindl’s brilliant through ball.

Kingsley Coman felt he should have had a penalty when he was sent tumbling inside the box by Nico Elvedi, but nothing was given and Bayern were unable to find the goal required to win the title in Pep Guardiola’s 100th match at the helm, as their winless run against Gladbach stretched to four matches.

Bayern now head into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final meeting with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday needing to overturn a 1-0 aggregate deficit with the weight of a title yet to be won on their shoulders.

With one eye on that fixture, Guardiola made eight changes to his lineup against Gladbach, resting the likes of Philipp Lahm, Arturo Vidal and Robert Lewandowski, though Jerome Boateng was restored to the starting XI for his first appearance since January 22, having been sidelined with a groin injury.

Still, it took Bayern just six minutes to put themselves on the right track after Serdar Tasci lunged towards Muller’s goal-bound header, doing enough to distract Sommer who could only palm the ball into the back of the net.

Gladbach were unperturbed and came close to an equaliser when Hahn headed Raffael’s cross towards the bottom-right corner, but Neuer – on his 250th Bayern appearance – dived down to his left to turn it behind.

Guardiola’s side continued to sit on their lead, with Tasci and Sebastian Rode picking up bookings attempting to regain possession as Gladbach enjoyed the greater share of the ball before the half-hour mark.

Muller continued to be a danger and the pressure he applied on Oscar Wendt almost resulted in the Gladbach left-back inadvertently sending Coman’s cross into the back of his own net before the interval.

Bayern struggled to carry that momentum into the second half as Granit Xhaka provided a scare when he surged forward and sliced wide from 20 yards in the 56th minute.

Gladbach’s pressure finally told in the 72nd minute when Stindl, who replaced Thorgan Hazard in the 57th minute, released Hahn in behind the defence and he drilled a low shot beyond Neuer at his near post.

Hummels to Bayern is logical, he can win trophies there – Hitzfeld

The former coach insists the defender joining the Bundesliga champions would be good for him and the club and give him a good chance at winning the Champions League

Former Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld says Mats Hummels would be making the correct decision should he leave Borussia Dortmund for the Allianz Arena.

Dortmund announced this week that the Germany international has informed the club that he wants to leave at the end of the season in order to join the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Hitzfeld – who delivered league and Champions League success to both Bayern and Dortmund during a stellar coaching career – believes Hummels will give himself the best chance of winning trophies by moving to the Allianz Arena.

“This would be a logical transfer – especially for Mats and Bayern. It would be a great acquisition for those in Munich,” he told RND.

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“He can win trophies consistently, not only the Bundesliga, but he’ll have the chance to get the Champions League every year.

“Bayern would be attractive for Mats because he can play alongside Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer is in goal behind them.”

Dortmund have watched Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski join Bayern in the last three years and Hitzfeld accepts it will be difficult for Thomas Tuchel’s side to watch another star join their rivals.

“For BVB, it’s extremely bitter, because another top performer is leaving the team,” he said. “Hummels was not simply a captain, he’s a leader, a role model, the head of the team.”

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