Bayern CEO Claims No Offers Were Lodged for Star Midfielder Despite PersisteSummer Rumours

?Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed claims Inter Milan made a bid for midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, telling Italian broadcaster ?Mediaset that they did not receive an offer from any club for the former Juventus man.

Vidal was strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena throughout the summer, with Italian side Inter Milan and Premier League Chelsea both rumoured to be potential suitors.

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However, Rummenigge has stated that nobody made a bid for the 30-year-old, who has since been an ever-present for Bayern this season.

“Nobody asked us for him and there was never an official offer for him, not even this summer when the market was open,” he said. “So I cannot confirm [Inter wanted him].”

The Bavarian side saw Douglas Costa, Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso all leave over the summer, and so it is believed that selling Vidal was not an option they favoured.

Nevertheless, Inter have started the Serie A season strongly without Vidal, with the club currently sitting in second place and head coach Luciano Spalletti seemingly happy with his new recruits.

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The San Siro club made five senior signings during the transfer window, including Fiorentina duo Borja Valero and Matías Vecino, and Steven Zhang, the son of the club’s owner Zhang Jindong, says he is satisfied with the way things have gone so far this term, even suggesting that the club can challenge for the Serie A title.


Chile Midfielder Arturo Vidal Announces International Retirement Following Back-to-Back Defeats

?Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has announced that he will retire from international football following the end of the World Cup campaign.

La Roja suffered two successive defeats in their most recent outings, losing 3-0 against Paraguay and then 1-0 at altitude in Bolivia.

And Vidal took to Instagram following the disappointing results to confirm that he will bring to an end his international career after Chile’s World Cup campaign.

“Sorry Chile for these two losses!” the 30-year-old wrote. “We put everything in the field but we couldn’t win.

“We will continue fighting!!! Two matches and the World Cup is what I have left, thanks for so much affection in all these years!!!”

Chile now sit sixth in the CONMEBOL standings with just two games left to play, a point behind fifth placed Argentina and two off Peru in fourth.

Bolivia v Chile - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

It could be that the playoffs are the country’s only chance of reaching next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Vidal’s retirement will have come as another blow to those associated with the Chilean national team, although there will be hope that he does not have to cease playing until at least June next year.

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The experienced Bayern Munich midfielder has acquired 97 caps for Chile, and was a key part of their back-to-back Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016.


VIDEO: Bayern Keeper Neuer Shows Off Surprise Finishing Prowess in Training Ground Clip

It’s no secret that goalkeepers are required to be just as good with their hands – if not better – than with their feet. Unless you’re Pep Guardiola of course.

Recent seasons have seen a growing influx of shot stoppers being utilised as sweeper keepers and playmakers to help begin attacking moves, and there won’t be many better than Manuel Neuer if this piece of footage is used as a yardstick.

The Bayern Munich and Germany superstar was captured on camera pulling off a sensational piece of skill in training with his club on Tuesday.

The way that the 31-year-old guides a wonderful back-heeled flick past the opposing keeper with the nonchalance of an experienced striker is a joy to behold.

Neuer would have been in international action if not for a metatarsal break during the summer.

Judging by this clip, his toe is fully healed and he’ll be back in action in no time!

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4 Reasons Why Renato Sanches Could Be the Signing of the Summer for Swansea City

Coveted young midfielder Renato Sanches shocked the football world when he swapped the Allianz Arena for the Liberty Stadium on deadline day, signing for Paul Clement’s Swansea on loan from Bayern Munich for the 2017/18 season. 

The Portuguese international has in the past been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and Swansea fans can view his signing as a real coup. 

Here are a few reasons why he’s one to watch in 2017/18.

4. Prosperous Environment


Renato Sanches will once again be linking up with former Bayern coach Paul Clement, who oversaw the 20-year-old’s first six months in Munich. 

At such a young age, Sanches will undoubtedly benefit from having a familiar face in such unfamiliar surroundings, and given his tough first season at Bayern, maybe an arm round the shoulder and some consistent game time is just what the doctor ordered for the precocious talent.

3. Raw Technique

Poland v Portugal - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

The prodigious talent’s first professional goal just happened to be a 30-yard screamer for Benfica at the ripe age of 18, and was consequently crowned ‘Goal of the Month’.

Additionally, Sanches proved that was no fluke by following that strike up with another 20-yard strike for Portugal at the Euros last summer in their quarter-final tie against Poland, and oozes technique in his powerful, energetic displays reminiscent of Clarence Seedorf. 

2. Maturity

Poland v Portugal - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

Not many 18-year-old footballers would expect to even be included in their national teams European Championship squad, let alone play a starring role, but that is exactly what Sanches did. 

The precocious talent scored his side’s goal in their 1-1 quarter-final tie against Poland, and also stomached the courage to take and score a penalty in the consequential shoot-out that ensued. 

The boy has maturity beyond his years. 

1. Pedigree

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

At such an early stage in his career, Sanches has already played Champions League football for Benfica and Bayern Munich, and boasts a wealth of European experience having starred for Portugal on their run to Euro 2016 Victory. 

Furthermore, the Benfica academy graduate won Young Player of the Tournament as Portugal won their first major honour, and was also crowned ‘Golden Boy’ for 2016, beating off competition from Manchester United’s starlet Marcus Rashford. 

The Swansea new boy also has a Bundesliga and Primeira Liga title to his name, as well as a DFL-Supercup winners medal, and will hope to add to his collection during his time in Wales. 


Bayern Munich Announce 31-Man List Ahead of Champions League Group Stages

?Bayern Munich have announced their squad ahead of the upcoming Champions League group stages.

The Bundesliga champions have selected a large squad of 31 players, including a number of youngsters.

New signings Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy and Corentin Tolisso are included after their arrivals this summer.

Youngsters such as Lars Lukas Mai, Felix Gotze, Niklas Dorsch and Milos Pantovic have been selected by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Bayern were drawn in a group with Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht and Celtic and will play their first game against the Belgian side at the Allianz Arena.

The German giants also brought in former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry during the transfer window, but he has been sent out on loan to Hoffenheim. Highly-rated midfielder Renato Sanches has also joined Premier League side Swansea on loan.

Tolisso was signed from Lyon for a club-record €41.5m, and recently singled out Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara as his most impressive teammates.

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“Franck is the longest in the Bayern squad and what he does at the age of 34 is exemplary,” Tolisso said.

“He goes motivated into every training, heals himself completely and never gives up. I’ve never seen his combination of speed and technology a second time.

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“And Thiago is someone who has an incomprehensible technical quality. With him, everything looks simple. They both impressed me.”