Javi Martinez wants to stay at Athletic Bilbao, says agent


Athletic Bilbao‘s versatile midfielder Javi Martinez looks set to stay with the club beyond the summer, after his agent reiterated the player’s desire to remain at San Mames.

The 23-year-old is one of Europe’s most highly-rated prospects and is rumoured to have interested a number of clubs across the continent.

According to a representative of Bahia International, the company that the Spain midfielder is signed up to, Javi Martinez is keen on a move to Bayern Munich, who have long been linked with a big-money bid.

However, de facto agent Tomas Sanz has reiterated his earlier claims that his client will be staying in the Basque country, unless his release clause is met.

Javi Martinez wants to stay at Athletic Bilbao and the club would only sell for €40 million euros,”he said.

That stance will be of great relief coach Marco Bielsa, who had reportedly threatened to resign from his post should his prized asset leave the club.

Bielsa threatens to resign if Javi Martinez leaves Athletic Bilbao – report


Marcelo Bielsa has threatened to resign as Athletic Bilbao coach if the club decide to sell star player Javi Martinez this summer, Voz Populi reports.

The Spain international is continually being linked with a move to a bigger club, and both Barcelona and Bayern Munich are closely monitoring the midfielder’s situation.

Martinez’s agent revealed earlier this week that his client is open to a move to the Bundesliga giants, but if it were up to the trainer, the 23-year-old would be going nowhere.

Bielsa has reportedly even told the Bilbao president that he will step down if they decide to cash in on Martinez this summer, and a transfer seems increasingly unlikely following the latest developments.

The 57-year-old joined Bilbao in the summer of 2011, and guided them to Copa del Rey and Europa League finals in his first season at the helm.

He was believed to be on his way out of the Basque side earlier this summer after a dispute with the club’s board of directors, but eventually opted to stay put.

The Bayern opened the club’s museum

On Thursday, the leadership of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena officially opened a club museum and theme park that covers 3000 square meters …

From tomorrow, 25 May, the museum will be open for visitors who will be able to see in it a total of 2606 exhibits and five hundred photographs from 112 years long history of the German club’s most trophy.

Featured will be 21 copies of the plates, trophies to be handed to the German champion, 15 replica of the German Cup winner and four European club titles.

– Fifth, we missed somewhere. We forgot to inform the information desk – he joked executive chairman of the club Kar-Heinz Rummenigge with the thought of Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea.

– I can say that this museum will not be boring to anyone – he is the executive, while the first president, Uli Hoeness, noted:

Masterful performance against Mainz

Just a Bayer seized on Saturday at the Allianz Arena a bad feeling: Louis van Gaal. When rushing Arjen Robben after his final 3-0 on him, holding the FCB coach protect his hands over his body and retreated a few steps. A week before he was overthrown in Bremen on the run from the jubilant seals and had run a pulled muscle bundle tear in the right thigh. “I need to make very quiet, even at a gate. Here comes the seal back to me and I was a bit scared, “said Van Gaal. Robben was lenient, slowed and jumped his coach just gently in his arms. Van Gaal continued without further injury.

So much for anxiety. Otherwise, the game against Mainz was a clear matter. Shots 31:6, 26:2 edges, corners 9:1, 64:36 percent ball contacts – FC Bayern was oppressive superior. “It was never a question of who wins the game,” said Jorg Butt after the final whistle. Even Mario Gomez had “at no time of the game the feeling that we do not win.”
The only question in the sold-out Allianz Arena, with 69,000 spectators was when the first door closes. But in the first half, recorded 21 shots on goal, the statisticians of the FCB, but the break was still 0-0. Either standing in the way of the posts (30. minute) or the Mainz goalkeeper Heinz Muller, who in the 32th Minute later a foul penalty parried by Butt.

Unstoppable

A penalty kick faded, and many missed opportunities – which can also lead a team that is a game out of hand. But in its current form, the FC Bayern is unstoppable. “A few months ago we would have done us serious. Since we had just won or a draw play, “said Gomez. Meanwhile, the dominance of the master record is also reflected in the results. Against Mainz Daniel van Buyten (worried 58.), Gomez (75.) and Robben (86.) for a deserved victory.
“It was clear that there is a waiting game. But if let’s score the first goal, we will make even the second and third, “said Gomez, and praised the balance between offense and defense:” To the rear we have allowed anything. This shows that despite all we have dominance on the offensive, a very good order, that everyone works with the defensive. “Van Gaal said after the final whistle of the best of our home game” this season.

‘German champion is already clear’

Even the opponents had to “accept without envy, that we deserved lost to a class team. We had no chance, “as 05-PCD coach Thomas noted. For Mainz ‘manager Christian Heidel of the FCB is currently playing in another league. Nor do I believe that Bayern will not lose a game again. The Leverkusen-based do not ask me to be angry, but if Bayern continue so, it is clear to me, the German champions already. ”

In Munich we react cautiously to such forecasts. “We have to look after us,” said Daniel van Buyten, “if we think it will be an easy game, then it can be dangerous.” Van Gaal warned: “I think that we ourselves are our greatest danger, and not retrieve the enemy. “game for game, a top performance was a difficult task, said the head coach. “But for me and my very good technical staff are there, we need to do it.”

Trump Ribéry

And is also the integration of Franck Ribéry during gaming operation “is not easy,” as Van Gaal said. Even without the French winger, it ran very well, noted the coach. “But I am of the opinion that Franck Ribéry has the added quality.” Ribery played after his 22-minute operation in Bremen, a week ago, this time 31 minutes. “The many ball contacts done me good,” he said then, and promised: “I will do my utmost to as quickly as possible to reach my best level.”

On the way to the championship Ribery is another trump card in the hand of Van Gaal. “We’ll play in Leverkusen, inasmuch as we have it in their own hands,” said Butt on the prospects of the FCB to overtake the leader at some point. One must only extend the current run until end of season, put Philipp Lahm down the route: “If we win all the games, then we reached the top.”

Bayern goes over the top to Mainz

BERLIN – Bayern Munich on Saturday to receive Mainz 05 in a game where a victory could position itself as a caretaker leader, remaining pending what the Bayer Leverkusen in Sunday’s home game against Freiburg.

The schedule puts the weekend to repeat the script of the last two days, in which Bayern won Saturday to board the first of which is then posted on Sunday by the team of aspirin, which until now seems to feel the pressure of the Bavarians, sniff.

In discussing how long Bayern may be on the field Franck Ribery, who last week played only just over twenty minutes. The Frenchman has recovered from his injury, or rather of his injuries, but Louis van Gaal did not seem too convinced of their fitness.

During the week, Ribery played in a friendly for the second match of Bayern and was on the field for 60 minutes.

“I hope at least play 45 minutes against Mainz,” Ribery said.

“I’m working hard to be back in the starting lineup but I’m not one hundred to one hundred,” added the Frenchman who has been almost three months out.

Leverkusen have to leave again on Sunday from his captain Simon Rolfes, who re-injured a few days after his comeback last week in the 3-0 victory over Hoffenheim.

In any case, coach Jupp Heynckes is betting on a team that has successfully played the last days, last Sunday Rolfes started but not entered in the second half, bringing down short-term midfielder will not be generate more headaches.

The third-placed Schalke, who are three points behind leaders Hoffenheim received on Saturday, a team that is having a season well below expectations and will have problems reaching the goal of achieving a place in the League Europe .

Schalke is unbelievably giving away a victory by allowing Bochum comeback for 2-2 final after the run by Felix Magath had been 2-0 ahead on the scoreboard.

Borussia Dortmund in fourth place, visit Stuttgart on Sunday, rival Barcelona in the second round of the Champions League.

Dortmund, which is five points behind leaders comeback plan comes with six straight wins and twelve matches without defeat. Stuttgart, meanwhile, won their first two games of the second round, which has managed to get away from the relegation zone.

The event will open on Friday, the duel between reigning champions Hamburg, Wolfsburg, which is undergoing a crisis that led to the dismissal of coach Armin Veh.

Hamburg side, the match comes too soon for the new star-signing from Real Madrid-Ruud Van Nistelrooy is not yet in shape and not on the call.

The day the parties will complete the following:
Borussia Moenchengladbach v Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Cologne, Bochum and Hannover Hertha-96-Nuremberg.