Germany Legend Lothar Matthäus Claims Harry Kane Is Second Only to Robert Lewandowski

?Tottenham’s superstar talisman Harry Kane has been in sensational form over the last few years and former Germany star Lothar Matthaus claims he is already one of the best around.

The ex-Bayern Munich man believes Kane would be a serious success at any club in Europe and is second only to ?Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski currently – admitting that the Englishman has time on his side.

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The 24-year-old has been in a serious purple patch of form netting a landmark 50 goals for club and country in 2017, after Saturday’s brace in Spurs’ 5-1 rout against ?Stoke City at Wembley.

Having impressively bested ?Real Madrid and ?Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stages, Spurs have drawn another European giant in the last 16 in the form of ?Serie A champions Juventus. Matthaus sees the exciting match-up as a platform for Kane to impress further on the biggest stage:

“Everybody in Europe is talking about Harry Kane,” Matthaus said in a column in the ?The Sun newspaper.


“And they will certainly be talking about him even more in Italy now Spurs have drawn ?Juventus in one of the ties everybody will want to see.

“I really like Kane. If I was a manager, and had the money, I would go out and buy him tomorrow. The only player in his position I’d prefer in all of Europe is Robert Lewandowski and Kane is a lot younger and getting better.

“He works so hard, makes so many runs, moves into the right positions and creates things for his team. The other thing, which nobody can deny, is that he knows how to score.

“That is the greatest thing any striker can have and he can find the net from any distance, with either foot and his head.”

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Matthaus added: “He adapts to any situation, instinctively, and always seems to be in the right place, which is a gift of the best strikers.

“There is no doubt Kane could play for any club in Europe. That includes Real Madrid or ?Barcelona and he would score goals for any club.”

Kane will look to spearhead his side to three points over ?Brighton in the ?Premier League mid-week fixture on Wednesday at Wembley, to secure a Champions League position.


Former Man Utd Boss Louis van Gaal Sets the Bar High for Any Return to Management

Former Manchester United and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he turned down a job offer from Bayer Leverkusen, before claiming that Borussia Dortmund are nowhere near the level of his former club Munich.

The Dutchman has been out of work since he left his post at Manchester United in the summer of 2016, and seems to have set a fairly high bar in regards to when he will return to management.

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Speaking to Dutch TV programme De Tafel van Kees on Fox Sports (via FourFourTwo), Van Gaal admitted that he was offered a way back into the game by Leverkusen:

?“I had an offer from Bayer Leverkusen, which is a club tailored for me, with many young talents,” he claimed, followed by a quick admission that he turned the Bundesliga outfit’s advances down.

Peter Bosz’s sacking from Dortmund was also thrown into the conversation, with the 66-year-old remaining adamant that even they wouldn’t tempt him to return:

“I think Dortmund is not comparable to Bayern Munich, so no,”

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“Nowadays, as a coach, you do not have that much time, so I cannot change enough to turn a small club into a big club.”

It seems that few teams would turn the Dutchman’s head, though his attention does quite clearly seem to be focused on Bayern Munich. While Jupp Heynckes is currently in charge of the German champions, his contract is set to end when the season finishes.

With the club announcing that he will not continue beyond summer, Bayern are in the hunt for a new permanent manager, having sacked Carlo Ancelotti after a poor start to the season.

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Bayern Chairman Reveals the Club Will Sit Down With Stalwart Wingers to Discuss Futures

?Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed the club will hold talks with both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben about extending their contracts.

The duo are both set to become free agents next summer as things currently stand, which would bring the curtain down on their respective ten and eight-year stints with the Bavarians.


But Rummenigge claims that won’t happen without all parties at least sitting down and discussing the option of an extension for both players.

He told ?TZ: “Franck and Arjen both have a big history here and we know what we have with them. Both are very important for us.

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“But it is important how they will continue. We definitely won’t decide that in near future but there will be serious talks. Let’s say in early spring.”

It has been rumoured that neither one of 33-year-old Robben or 34-year-old Ribery will stay on with the German champions, with the club having signed younger wingers in recent times such as Kingsley Coman, Douglas Costa, and Serge Gnabry, but Rummenigge’s comments could give the pair hope.

On the latter, Rummenigge added: “It is not planned that Serge Gnabry will stay at Hoffenheim. We plan to bring him back after this season and then integrate him.

“Despite the injury he had we are very satisfied with his performances so far. We especially remember his two goals against [RB] Leipzig.”

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Bayern Munich Silence Bernd Leno Rumours and Threatening Legal Action

Bayern Munich’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidži?, has claimed that the club are “satisfied” with their goalkeeping options in a statement on their official website, slamming German media for reporting that Bernd Leno was eyeing a move to the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarian side confirmed that the report was without foundation, with Salihamidži? also backing Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich in the process.

“This story in the Bild newspaper is wrong,” Salihamidži? said in the club’s statement. “That’s total nonsense. We are satisfied with our goalkeepers.”

It is also now believed that the club will look to take legal action against the media outlet.

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Although this latest report has been rubbished by the club, Bayern Munich could do a lot worse than getting Leno to join their ranks. With ageing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer currently out injured, former VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich is filling in the gap.

Already a household name in German football, 25-year-old Leno could go on to be the next long-term option Bayern have in between the sticks in Bavaria. 

Neuer, a former Schalke 04 player, joined Bayern in 2011 when he was the same age as Leno, costing the Bavarians €30m.

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Bayer Leverkusen’s No.1 would see his release clause at the BayArena drop, allowing a potential suitor to snap up one of the most impressive goalkeepers in European football for just €18m.


4 Reasons Why Bayern Munich Will Be Confident About Beating Besiktas in the Champions League Last 16

Bayern Munich are the only Bundesliga side left in the Champions League after seeing Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig crash into the Europa League. 

Having been drawn against Turkish giants Be?ikta?, Bayern should be confident they can continue flying the flag for German football into the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Here’s why:

4. It’s Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich could be drawn against anyone in Europe and you’d still struggle to bet against them. 

Their star studded squad had a near perfect group stage campaign, with pre-tournament favourites Paris Saint-Germain the only side to claim a victory against Bayern Munich.

With Borussia Dortmund appearing to hand Bayern the Bundesliga title on a silver platter this season, focus in Bavaria can switch to a successful European campaign.

3. Stumbling Form

Despite their form in the Champions League group stages, where Be?ikta? have remained unbeaten and have conceded just five goals, the Black Eagles have been struggling domestically as a result. 

Starting the new Süper Lig well with 13 points from a possible 15, Be?ikta? have gone on to win just three games since match day five and are currently sat in fourth spot in the table, level on points Kayserispor and newly promoted Göztepe.

2. Possession Will Be Key

In Champions League matches against RB Leipzig, FC Porto and AS Monaco, Be?ikta? averaged just 50.83% possession.

Compared to Bayern’s average of 56.6% in the Champions League group stages, Jupp Heynckes’ side will no doubt be in control of the ball for the majority of the match, forcing Be?ikta? to work harder and nullifying their attacking threat.

1. One Real Goal Threat

Although the likes of Ricardo Quaresma, Jeremain Lens and Anderson Talisca will cause Bayern Munich problems, their threat is similar to what they face most weeks in the Bundesliga.

However, Cenk Tosun is a striker who has a point to prove ahead of the summer transfer window. After his 24 goals last year propelled him into the European spotlight, the German-born striker could be playing to secure his big money move away from Istanbul next year.