Jan Kirchhoff is delighted with his imminent summer transfer to Bayern Munich, and is determined to win silverware with the Bavarians.
The Mainz defender signed a three-year deal with his new club on Thursday to complete his Bosman move, and he is eagerly anticipating his new start with the current Bundesliga leaders.
“I’m delighted I’ve put my signature on the contract and am now 100 percent sure to be part of Bayern from next summer,” Kirchhoff told the official FCB website.
“With this club, it’s basically logical that you want to win trophies and achieve the greatest possible success. That means winning the Bundesliga, winning the DFB Cup, and also doing well in Europe.
“The transfer is a huge challenge, but if you don’t take it on, you’ll never get better. I’ll give it everything I have, like all the other players.”
The 22-year-old has made 12 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz this term.
Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber is maintaining a positive mindset after being ruled out for five months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in early December, with the objective of playing again before the season ends.
The 23-year old, who sustained the knee injury in a clash with Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze at Munich’s Allianz Arena, will have to endure a frustrating spell on the sidelines as his team-mates look to continue with their strong start to the season.
“If I were fit, my days wouldn’t seem so long. In the first month, the aim is to get the grip back on the knee, we have achieved that now, and have to continue little by little,” he told the club’s official website.
The team has rallied around him following the injury, displaying a message of support before the Champions League game against BATE Borisov.
He added: “I am proud of how much the team is behind me, the team spirit is greater than previous years. The competition is great, everyone gives everything for success.”
Bayern have not set a date for Badstuber’s return yet, but the Germany international has made his personal aim clear; “I want to play again this season, that is my goal. Whining will not help, I have to look forward to achieve this goal.”
Coach Jupp Heynckes echoed this feeling, adding: “I think by the last few games of the season he will be back. He knows well what he must do himself, he needs patience, and a lot of hard work.”
Ukrainian midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has hinted that he could leave Bayern Munich in the January transfer window in order to get regular first-team football elsewhere.
The Bundesliga leaders have so far insisted that they will not sell any first team players, but Tymoshchuk has revealed that he could be on the move after all.
“I do not know yet whether I will still be at Bayern come February,” the holding midfielder was quoted as saying by Kicker.
The 33-year-old joined Bayern from Zenit St Petersburg in the summer of 2009 and has since made over 100 official appearances for the Bavarians.
However, Tymoshchuk has been struggling to get regular first team action this term, and could therefore opt to leave the club.
The midfielder’s current contract with Bayern runs until June 2013.
Mario Gomez has warned his Bayern Munich team-mates not to become complacent in the final months of the Bundesliga title race.
The Bavarians currently sit atop of the table with 42 points from 17 games, holding a nine-point lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, with reigning champions Borussia Dortmund a further three behind.
Nevertheless, the Germany striker has not forgotten about last season’s collapse, and has stressed that anything can still happen, even though he feels his side have made significant progress since last term.
“We are much more stable than we were last season. The first half of the season has already shown that. We didn’t have any poor spells,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.
“The team also have a completely different attitude toward our title ambition. However, we are not champions just yet. We have to prove over the coming months that we are the undisputed number one in Germany.
“Borussia Dortmund will not be able to conserve energy now they’re still in the Champions League. We have to be careful, though. They are a good team with a great coach.”
Bayern resume Bundesliga action after the winter break at home against Greuther Furth on January 19.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side cannot take the title away from Bayern Munich, with only a dramatic loss of form from the leaders seeing them miss out on a 22nd Bundesliga championship.
Jupp Heynckes’ side are nine points clear of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen at the halfway stage, with Dortmund a further three points behind in third, and Klopp hopes that if his team cannot win their third consecutive title, then, they can at least finish in the top three.
“At this point, you can’t take away the championship title from Bayern. You can’t take it away, they can only give it away themselves. I’m afraid they’re not going to do that,” he told WAZ.
“The second place would be superb, the third place would be more than fine. Below that, we are moving into territories where we wouldn’t really feel comfortable.”
Despite impressing in the Champions League, BVB have struggled to perform consistently in the league, but Klopp believes his players should be forgiven for a slip in standards after a fantastic previous two years.
He added: “I think it’s understandable that we will be in this form sometimes. My players are only human. Sometimes you forget necessities.
“On the other hand, we have shown in many games what we are capable of. We now need to constantly bring that to the table. Then we will play a successful second half of the season.”
Dortmund resume Bundesliga action on January 19, when they visit 12th-placed, Werder Bremen.