Rafinha: I don't want to leave Bayern

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Schalke among others but he insists that he has no intention of leaving the club this summer

Bayern Munich defender Rafinha says he wants to stay at the club, amid speculation over a return to Schalke this summer.

The Brazilian moved to the Allianz Arena back in 2011 from Genoa but has failed to nail down a first-team berth, making just a handful of appearances as Jupp Heynckes’ side sealed an historic treble.

It was widely believed that he would move on to pastures new in the summer but the 27-year-old says the club’s board wants him to stay.

“Dear friends, I want to make it clear that at no time did I say I want to leave Bayern. I want to stay,” he wrote on Twitter.

“The board made it clear to me that they want to keep me at Bayern.”

Among the clubs said to be vying for his signature are former side Schalke, who voiced their confidence in doing a deal for the player earlier this week.

However, Rafinha has previously said that he is eager to play under Pep Guardiola, who will take over in the summer.

His current deal with the Bavarians expires in 2014.

Guardiola will add impetus to Bundesliga, says Netzer

The former West Germany star believes Bayern Munich’s new coach will not only have a huge influence on the Bavarians, but also the entire league

West Germany legend Gunter Netzer believes Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Bayern Munich will add impetus to the whole of the Bundesliga.

The 68-year-old, who was a key player for his country between 1965 and 1975, believes the Spaniard is going to have a huge effect on Germany’s top league next season and beyond.

“It’s a massive piece of good fortune for the Bundesliga that a coach like Guardiola will soon be arriving,” Netzer told Fifa.com.

“He won’t only have a huge say in the direction of Bayern but of the entire league. I’m sure of that.

“I think we need some new ideas and some new impetus in Germany, and that can only come through foreign coaches that favour a different style of play and have a different footballing philosophy.

“Obviously, not every team is going to be able to play football in the image of Guardiola, but he will definitely provide a fresh impetus to the league.”

Despite Bayern’s historic treble-winning campaign last season, Netzer still feels there are areas to improve within the side on which Guardiola can focus.

“I’m sure he will continue to develop them and I’m very intrigued to see how he does it,” he said.

“There’s definitely the potential to improve them, otherwise Bayern wouldn’t have hired him. That’s not to say that he will sacrifice any of the good things that the team has done this season though.”

Guardiola signed a three-year deal with the German giants in January.

Herrlich backs Dortmund Lewandowski stance

The 41-year-old believes the Poland international is a key player for the Champions League finalists and understands their current position regarding the wantaway striker

Former Germany international Heiko Herrlich feels Borussia Dortmund’s refusal to sell Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window is logical.

Herrlich, who found himself in a similar situation as the Poland international when Borussia Monchengladbach did not allow him to join Dortmund in 1995, believes Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world and has stressed that a hefty transfer fee would not compensate the loss of a player with the 24-year-old’s qualities.

“I can understand Dortmund’s reasoning. Lewandowski cannot be replaced. BVB have already made a lot of money on the transfer of Mario Gotze, so they don’t need the funds that a transfer would generate,” Herrlich told TZ.

“They do need someone who scores goals, though. And Lewandowski is the perfect attacker, the best a team can have. There is not enough money in the world to compensate his loss.”

Herrlich then went on to advise Lewandowski to remain patient and focus on Dortmund for one more season before making the move to Bayern in 2014, when his contract expires.

“Dortmund will not change their mind all of a sudden and allow him to leave. That’s why he should pick himself up again and give his all for the team again. He cannot force Dortmund to let him go.

“The best thing he can do is tell himself that it’s just one more season. He can then join Bayern after all and achieve all his goals.”

Lewandowski claims that BVB have promised him that he would be allowed to leave this summer, but Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has denied such claims and has made it clear that the Champions League finalists have no intention of selling the striker to Bayern.

Dortmund: No Madrid approach for Lewandowski

The Bundesliga giants have insisted that the Santiago Bernabeu side have not made an offer for the Poland international

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted that they have not received an offer from Real Madrid for Robert Lewandowski.

Sky Italia claimed on Thursday evening that BVB had accepted a €30 million offer from Madrid, only for Lewandowski to turn down the Spanish giants as he only wants to join Bayern Munich.

Nevertheless, Watzke has stressed that they have not been in touch with the Santiago Bernabeu side over the 24-year-old.

“I can only say that we don’t know anything about an alleged Madrid offer for Lewandowski,” Watzke told Sport1.

“At the moment, there has not been any contact with Real Madrid about Lewandowski. There have been rumours that Madrid are interested in Robert for a number of weeks now, but he has always been clear that he wants to join Bayern.”

Watzke stated earlier this week that Dortmund will not allow Lewandowski to join Bayern this summer and he has once more stressed that the striker will not make the move to the Allianz Arena ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, regardless of the Poland international’s claims that BVB promised him he would be allowed to move.

He added: “There will not be a transfer to Bayern this summer.”

Lewandowski has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2014, but he is desperate to leave the club this summer and following in the footsteps of BVB team-mate Mario Gotze who has already sealed a switch to FCB.

Gotze takes legal action against rap-trio

The highly-rated youngster is not amused with the lyrics of the song about his shock move to the reigning European champions

Mario Gotze is taking legal action against Dortmund-based rap-trio ‘Kopfnussmusik’ after the group released an offensive song about his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich.

The attacking midfielder’s departure to BVB’s domestic rivals in a deal worth €37 million has led to discontent among Dortmund fans, with ‘Kopfnussmusik’ even going as far as to record a tune insulting Gotze.

The 21-year-old is not amused with the offensive lyrics, though, and has decided to sue the rap group as he feels they have crossed a line.

“This dirty song crosses a line and Mario has to defend himself against this. That’s why we have taken legal action,” Gotze’s agent Volker Struth told Express.

Gotze is currently recovering from a muscular problem and could miss the opening stages of the 2013-14 campaign because of his injury.