FC Bayern & BVB Keeping Tabs on RB Leipzig Boss Hasenhuttl as Frustration Grows Over Contract Talks

?Rivals clubs continue to monitor the situation of RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is reportedly growing frustrated at the club’s mishandling of the extension of his contract. 

According to German news outlet ?Kicker, Hasenhuttl wanted to wait to discuss a contract extension at the end of the season to assess how he had fared in his first season in European competitions at the club. ?

Leipzig sporting director Ralph Rangnick was keen to tie Hasenhuttl to a new deal as early as December, but agreed to wait until March to sit down with the boss. Contract negotiations are yet to commence however, and Hasenhuttl has become infuriated with how his deal is being handled. 

His deal with Leipzig expires in 2019, which will leave just one year left on his contract if an extension is not agreed upon by the end of the season. 

Bayern Munich will be monitoring the situation closely as Hasenhuttl reportedly ranks highly on the list of potential candidates to replace Jupp Heynckes in the summer. Other managerial targets have included Thomas Tuchel, who looks closer to a move to the Premier League, and Joachim Low, ?who has ruled out discussing any links to the Bayern job before the World Cup.

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Hasenhuttl has also been tipped to replace Peter Stoger at Borussia Dortmund. Stoger’s position at Dortmund was questioned after the club crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of FC Salzburg. However, he is unbeaten in the Bundesliga with BVB in all 12 matches since his takeover December. 

Hasenhuttl guided newly promoted Leipzig to a second place finish in the German top flight in his first season. This season they are currently in sixth and in a closely contested race for the top four. Most recently, Leipzig inflicted Bayern Munich with their third league defeat of the season. 


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Ex-Bayern Munich Doctor Slams ‘Arrogant’ Man City Boss Pep Guardiola in Vicious Verbal Attack

?Pep Guardiola has been slammed for ‘overestimating himself’ and not paying attention to medical professionals’ opinions over his star men.

The Manchester City boss has been attacked in the media again by former Bayern Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wolfhardt, who was quoted by German news outlet ?ZDF over the ex-Bayern boss’ football approach.

Muller-Wolfhardt was relieved of his duties at the Allianz Arena during Guardiola’s three year reign in Bavaria, and still resents the Spaniard from ousting him from his long held position with the Bundesliga giants.

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Indeed, the medical practitioner has hit out at Guardiola and claimed that he doesn’t take into account just how hard he works his players with his consistently high pressing game.

Muller-Wolfhardt also stated that he didn’t think Guardiola had the ego to be able to agree that anyone in another department could have a better understanding of certain things than himself, and that was the reason why the former was sacked during his Bayern days.

He said: “He completely neglected the medical profession. It was not about recovery of the players, but only freedom from pain. It was not about the healing of injuries, it was completely against my philosophy.

“He underestimated me and wanted to make me a commander. He overestimated himself and thinks he knows better than anybody, but I was too big for him. I had a wonderful status at the club.

“He could not bear that I was the same as him, so I had to be trimmed and he used every opportunity to dupe me.”

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Continuing his verbal attack on the ex-Barcelona manager, Muller-Wolfhardt alleged that Guardiola feared being seen as a failure and, as such, would refuse to take any time off to recharge his own batteries.

He added: “I think Pep Guardiola is a person with a weak self-confidence who does everything to hide that from other people. Because of that he seems to live in a constant fear. Not so much of defeats but of the loss of power and authority.”

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Javi Martinez Tips Compatriot Marco Asensio to Become ‘World’s Greatest’ Within the Next Year

Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez has paid tribute to his compatriot Marco Asensio following a stellar breakthrough year. The Real Madrid midfielder has enjoyed a huge rise to the top over the space of the last year, and Martinez reckons he can become the greatest on the planet over the course of the next one.

He’s scored in a Champions League final, made his Spain debut and lifted La Liga. The kind of story that exists only as the fourth instalment of the ‘Goal’ film franchise. Asensio has done it all – except win a Ballon d’Or.

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However, given his speedy ascension in the game in such a short amount of time Javi Martinez doesn’t seem to think he’s all too far away from being the very best on the planet:

?“Asensio is the best young talent in European football, in my opinion,” said Martinez, talking to Goal.

“It’s amazing to watch but most importantly he always delivers and performs well in big games. We’ve seen him this year but he will become one of the world’s greatest players next year, perhaps even the best. It depends on him.”

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Not exactly a bad compliment from such a decorated player as Martinez. The former Bilbao midfielder has won Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, and has even lifted the World Cup trophy – but while there’s a chance of him going to Russia this summer, not many are holding their breath.

Martinez didn’t make the cut for Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for these latest set of friendlies, and hasn’t represented his country since 2014.


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Report Claims Man Utd Set to Offer Huge Contract to Beat Milan & Chelsea to Bayern Munich Midfielder

?Manchester United will offer Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal a contract worth €14.4m per season in an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford, according to Chilean newspaper ?La Cuarta.

The contract, which is expected to be an offer of four years, would equate to a salary of £240,000-a-week. Vidal turns 31 in May and will have just a year remaining on his current deal with Bayern come the summer.

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United boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be searching for a new midfielder with Michael Carrick retiring at the end of the season and Marouane Fellaini’s future still in doubt.

La Cuarta claim that Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich is in Manchester to hold talks with United over a potential deal.

Bayern are aware that they could lose the Chile international for free if he is not sold this summer, and could be more willing to facilitate a transfer as a result. United are said to be preparing a £42m bid for Vidal, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Milan.

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TuttoSport have reported that the midfielder is a target for the Rossoneri, who are looking to bolster their midfield options, while Antonio Conte reportedly contacted the former Juventus midfielder over a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues manager called Vidal a “world class player” during the January transfer window and it was expected that Chelsea would attempt to secure his signature. But the club’s hierarchy refused to meet Conte’s demands and Ross Barkley was brought in from Everton instead.


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Jurgen Klopp’s Agent Admits Liverpool Manager Would Be a ‘Good Fit’ for Bayern Munich

?Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would be a ‘good fit’ for Bayern Munich as the reigning Bundesliga champions continue to search for a new permanent boss. That is the belief of his long time agent Marc Kosicke, who also assured Reds fans that Klopp is going nowhere.

Bayern have been without a long-term managerial plan since sacking Carlo Ancelotti in September and persuading 72-year-old former boss Jupp Heynckes, who guided the club an historic, league, cup and Champions League treble in 2012/13, to come out of retirement.

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But with Heynckes expected to once again step down at the end of the season, the Bavarian giants need a successor and have been heavily linked with Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Julian Nagelsmann and (to a slightly lesser extent, Klopp.

Klopp has previously shown his ability to win the Bundesliga after guiding an exciting young Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back title wins in 2010/11 and 2011/12. He also took his team to the Champions League final in 2013 where they were narrowly beaten by Bayern.

And Kosicke actually thinks that the 50-year-old would do a ‘very good job’ at the Allianz Arena.

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“Coaching one of the big clubs in Europe isn’t something that is unattractive, but everything has to suit,” the agent explained to German outlet Sport1.

“Jurgen isn’t too big for Bayern Munich and Bayern Munich isn’t too big for him. He definitely could do a very good job there,” he added, before declaring Klopp’s commitment to Liverpool.

“Bayern and Klopp would be a good fit, but it isn’t something that is an option at the moment. Yes, Bayern are looking for a coach in the summer, but Jurgen has a long contract. At the moment, Jurgen isn’t thinking about coaching another club than the Reds.”


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