Kirchoff happy with Bayern Munich choice

The towering defender is hopeful of getting the chance to prove his worth at the Allianz Arena and believes he will not regret joining FCB

Jan Kirchhoff is confident that his decision to leave Mainz for Bayern Munich will prove to be the right call and is keen to make a name for himself with the Bundesliga champions.

Kirchhoff, 22, realises that he faces stiff competition from the likes of Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Dante among others, yet he has little doubt that he will get his chance.

“There is a lot of competition for places, but I am really looking forward to the challenge,” Kirchhof was quoted as saying by Kicker.

“Bayern are the right choice for me.”

Kirchhoff came through the ranks of the Eintracht Frankfurt youth academy before joining Mainz in the summer of 2007 and has been capped at Under-21 level for Germany.

The centre-back had an expiring contract at Mainz and reached an agreement with Bayern over a three-year deal back in January.

Koscielny on Barcelona & Bayern Munich shortlist, claims agent

The France international has been linked with a move to the Liga champions but the defender’s representative says no contact has been made regarding a summer switch

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is wanted by Barcelona and Bayern Munich this summer, according to the player’s agent.
The former Lorient centre-back added fuel to the speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium when he admitted he would leave the club if the Gunners did not start winning silverware.

Catalan daily newspaper Sport reported on Saturday that the Spanish champions had approached Arsene Wenger’s side regarding a potential 14 million move for the France international.

But Koscielny’s representative, Stephane Courbis, told Eurosport France that there has been “no contact” from Barcelona but claimed the 27-year-old centre-back is being targeted by Tito Vilanova’s side, along with Champions League holders Bayern.

Courbis said: “I know that Laurent is part of a shortlist of three or four players for both clubs.”

Goal exclusively revealed in May that Koscielny was the target of a 24 million swoop by Bayern, with new boss Pep Guardiola thought to be a big admirer of the defender.

Koscielny signed from Lorient for around 9.4 million in 2010, and has gone on to make 119 appearances for Arsenal in his three seasons at the club in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

Heynckes confirms retirement

The treble-winning boss says he will not coach another team, while backing the decision to appoint Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena

Jupp Heynckes has called time on his coaching career by revealing that he will not take another job after leaving Bayern Munich.

Under the stewardship of the 68-year-old German, the Bavarians enjoyed a glittering season, sealing the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League.

They became only the seventh side in Europe to have achieved the feat of winning the league, domestic cup and European Cup in a single campaign.

However, with Pep Guardiola set to take over the reigns at die Roten, Heynckes has decided that the time has come to retire.

“I’m somewhat against finality,” the former Borussia Monchengladbach striker told Der Spiegal.

“But I can say it for sure, I will not coach a team again. I’ve had a dignified exit from football.”

The ex-Germany international has enjoyed a highly successful career, both as a player and a coach, lifting four Bundesliga titles as a forward at Monchengladbach, as well as the 1974 World Cup with die Nationalelf.

Heynckes also spoke positively of Bayern’s future under Guardiola, stressing that he fully endorsed the move.

“It’s the right decision,” he continued.

“You have to take this opportunity. If they had not found a replacement for me, we might have talked again but the situation now is the best for me. Guardiola will get a perfect working team.”

Guardiola will not turn Bayern into another Barcelona, says Netzer

The Borussia Monchengladbach legend believes both clubs are too different to try and replicate the Blaugrana’s style of play at the Allianz Arena

Former West Germany international Gunter Netzer does not expect Pep Guardiola to try and turn Bayern Munich into another Barcelona as both sides are too different in his opinion.

Guardiola enjoyed huge success at Barcelona during his four-year spell at the Catalans, but Netzer feels it will be hard to replicate the Blaugrana style of play at the reigning European champions.

“I don’t believe Guardiola intends to try and establish another team in the mould of Barcelona,” Netzer was quoted as saying on the official Bundesliga website.

“In terms of their footballing character, this Bayern are too different to Barcelona and he’ll be coaching players in things they haven’t learned before. So in that respect I think he can extract a little more from them and they’ll benefit a lot from working under him.

“He’ll have a very good squad of players to pick from at Bayern and will certainly have his own ideas about how he wants the team to play. But I also think that the multitude of characters he has at his disposal will give him a lot of opportunity to develop the team and try new things.

“Being able to change things around is the best luxury a coach can have. Then we’ll find out what sot of impact that has on Bayern’s line-up, tactics and system.”

Guardiola will begin his tenure as Bayern Munich’s head coach on June 26.

Santana slams 'stupid' Klopp over Gotze injury

The former BVB defender has criticised the 45-year-old’s handling of the Bayern-bound midfielder, claiming he returned to training too early which aggravated his knock

Felipe Santana has slammed “stupid” Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp for allowing former team-mate Mario Gotze to train prior to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

The German prodigy was stretchered off with a hamstring complaint in the early stages of BVB’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of their last-four tie at the end of April, only to be ruled out of the decider a month later.

However, the centre-back believes their coach is to blame for Gotze’s absence at Wembley and subsequent spell on the treatment table as the attacking midfielder aggravated his knock in training five days before the final on May 26.

Our coach was stupid. Mario felt a knock in the game against Real Madrid and was then taken to a Munich hospital,” Santana said in an interview on ESPN Brasil.

When he returned, the coach let him train on the Tuesday. He should not have done so because there was an important game on Saturday.”

Santana has since departed Dortmund and joined Ruhr rivals Schalke, while Gotze, 21, will represent Bayern next season, despite

being expected to miss the start of the new campaign due to injury.