Alphonso Davies Remains Focused on Whitecaps Season Despite Dream Bayern Munich Move

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson says that Alphonso Davies has remained grounded and focused on helping his team despite his impending move to ?Bayern Munich.

Last month, ?Davies reached an agreement to join the German champions after the current Major League Soccer season ends. At $22m (£17m), it will be the largest fee an MLS club has ever received for a player.

But Robinson claims that Davies has not allowed his form or his attitude to drop since signing for Bayern.

“He’s exactly the same and people who know him will tell you his feet are on the ground,” Robinson told ?CBC. “Once you get to know him, you know what a character he is. That’s why he gets on with all the boys in the locker room.

“But his feet have remained firmly on the ground. And if they weren’t, I’d bring him back down to earth. Because he’s going to have to get used to that when he leaves us at the end of the year. 

“But while he’s here I’ll make sure he conducts himself properly and he’s a proper teammate. Individuals don’t win anything, teams win things. And that’s the dynamic that I have at this football club.”

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Davies has already made 56 MLS appearances for the Whitecaps despite only being 17 years old. This season he has scored five goals in 22 appearances.

He also has six Canada caps to his name and scored three times in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. In so doing, he became the first player born in the 21st century to score at a major international tournament.


‘Fake News’: Leipzig Boss Rubbishes Claims That Bayern Star Sebastian Rudy Is Set to Sign for Club

?RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has labelled recent reports suggesting Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy has signed a deal to switch allegiances this summer as the ‘mother of all fake news’.  

The Germany international has been mooted as a key target for Leipzig during the summer transfer window, with ?recent reports going as far as claiming that Rudy had signed a contract after a €15m deal was agreed between the two clubs.

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However, despite harbouring hopes of landing the 28-year-old as a replacement for recent departee in Liverpool’s Naby Keita, Rangnick was upset at how quickly the false news spread without credible facts.

In a press conference on Wednesday Rangnick described the reports as the “mother of all fake news in football,” but failed to rule out a real move before the close of the transfer window at the end of the month. 

“Sebastian Rudy is not moving to RB Leipzig right now, so I do not know how it will look like in a week or two,” Rangnick added, via ?Kicker. 

“First, a player must decide whether he wants to leave the club, or whether he wants to stay. Even if he chooses us, we also need to reach an agreement with Bayern Munich. We are still very far from that.” 

Rudy is known to have also attracted interest form Schalke 04 after question marks were raised over his potential game time at the Allianz Arena with the club boasting significant depth across the middle of the park. 

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Moreover, the pursuit of Rudy goes against Rangnick’s strict self imposed policies over incoming transfers, with an age limit of 24 and an annual salary ceiling of €4m both to be blown out of the water should a move eventuate.

Rudy, 28, is understood to be earning well in excess of €4m-per-year with Bayern but with leadership potential in abundance and a supreme level of talent in his locker, a reunion with Rangnick and future Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is not perceived as a risk in any sense of the word. 


Sebastian Rudy Set to Swap Bayern Munich for RB Leipzig After €15m Deal Is Agreed

?Sebestain Rudy is set to complete his move from ?Bayern Munich to RB Leipzig, after a €15m deal has been agreed between the two clubs. 

As reported by German media outlet ?Sudwestrundfunk, the 28-year-old will come in to help fill the void left by Naby Keita following his departure to join ?Liverpool for a reported £52.75m at the beginning of the window.

Should the transfer go through as expected, it would be a change in tact for Die Rotten Bullen, who usually target younger players with the potential a far greater resale value than the fee they originally paid, however Rudy’s experience does speak for itself.

Rudy spent seven years at Hoffenheim following his move in 2010, making over 200 appearance during his there, and captained the side to fourth place in the ?Bundesliga in his final season at the club, under the exciting young manager Julian Nagelsmann.

His performances earned him a move that summer to the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, making 35 appearances in all competitions as Die Roten retained their title.

The former Stuttgart man also boasts international experience for Germany, earning 25 caps since his debut in 2014, and was part of the successful Confederations Cup side in 2017, as well as the less than successful 2018 World Cup squad.

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Following the signing of his compatriot Leon Goretzka however, Rudy’s game time was set to be limited at the Allianz Arena, but can offer plenty to a young RB Leipzig side who came sixth last season, after finishing as runners up the season prior.


David Alaba Escapes Ligament Damage Following Heavy Challenge During Bayern Super Cup Win

David Alaba has escaped what was suspected knee ligament damage during ?Bayern Munich’s 5-0 German Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend, with the club confirming on Monday he suffered only heavy bruising. 

The Bavarians started their campaign in the best possible style, with a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick and a goal from Kingsley Coman putting the reigning league champions out of sight, before the Austria international tangled with Danny da Costa and was subsequently forced off the pitch following lengthy treatment. 

After the victory, there were concerns that the defender’s injury would see him sidelined for around six weeks – with it thought ligament damage was the most likely diagnosis. 

However, in a statement released on Bayern’s ?official website, the club ruled out such an injury and revealed Alaba had sustained only heavy bruising. 

“David Alaba has suffered a severe contusion of the left knee joint on Sunday evening in the Supercup victory of FC Bayern in DFB Cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt,” the statement read. “A ligament injury could be excluded.

“The joint is now immobilised and checked and treated daily by the medical department of the German record champions. 

“When Alaba can start again in the training operation, should be decided depending on the healing process from day to day.”

Despite no specific date labelled as to when Alaba will begin training again, it is thought the Austrian will be unavailable for a matter of days rather than the aforementioned six weeks speculated. 

Whether the Allianz Arena favourite will return ahead of Bayern’s first ?Bundesliga outing against Hoffenheim, however, remains to be seen – with both a friendly against Hamburg and the first round of the DFB-Pokal scheduled before their league curtain-raiser on August 24. 


Jerome Boateng Set to Join PSG Despite FFP Barriers as Nico Kovac Prepares to Let Defender Leave

??Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng looks set to complete a move to PSG in the coming days, with a deal worth around €50m close to being agreed between the two parties.

According to ?Abendzeitung, the German centre back, who reportedly snubbed ?Manchester United earlier in the transfer window, is set to move to the French champions, with the deal seemingly hinging on Bayern completing a move for French World Cup winning defender Benjamin Pavard.


The report suggests that the player has agreed terms with the French club, stating that ‘only an agreement between Bayern and PSG has to be reached’ before the move can be made official.

It also claims that Bayern manager Nico Kovac is prepared to let the player leave, despite his public comments that he expects all his players to be at the club at the end of the transfer window, and that Boateng remains in his plans for the German Supercup fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt.

A tweet from Sky Germany reporter ?Torben Hoffman, however, suggests that the deal might not be as open and shut as reported, with PSG seemingly holding the deal up due to their inability to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.

Translated, the tweet reads:

“The agreement between PSG and Bayern Munich is not as clear as described. According to our information, PSG are not willing and currently not able to pay €50m due to FFP.”

Similar reports have done the rounds in the past, however, and PSG usually seem to find a way around the rules.


They were unable to meet Monaco’s €135m asking price for Kylian Mbappe last summer, having already spent a world record £200m on Neymar, but were able to bring him in on an initial loan with an obligation to buy at the end of it. With this in mind, PSG will remain positive about getting the deal over the line.