Toni Kroos Reveals Regret Over Signing Bayern Munich Contract Extension in 2010

?Toni Kroos has criticised Bayern Munich’s management of his career when he was was a youngster, adding that he regretted signing a contract extension with the club back in 2010.

After initially joining Bayern back in 2006, Kroos managed just five Bundesliga starts in two-and-a-half years, before joining Bayer Leverkusen on loan in January 2009. Once he returned 18 months later, he renewed his contract and began to blossom into one of the world’s finest midfielders.

Toni Kroos

Speaking in his upcoming film ‘KROOS’ (via ?Goal), ?Kroos admits he regretted renewing his contract with ?Bayern just minutes after signing off on the deal.

He said: “I was often told how great I was and how I was doing everything right. Still I did not play. I was convinced I deserved more.

“Originally I did not want to return [from Leverkusen]. When I signed my extension, I rued it ten minutes later.

Toni Kroos

“While I signed the contract, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented: ‘Wow, you have got a great contract now.’ It was like he told me: ‘So now you have to play a little better.'”

The film features insight from officials who have worked alongside Kroos throughout his career, including Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who confessed that the club did not want to part ways with Kroos.

He added: “Toni is a great player. But there is not one player in the world who can do everything all by himself. A club sometimes has to make hard decisions. This decision [to sell him] was a hard one and maybe a wrong one, no doubt.”

Toni Kroos

After returning from his loan spell, Kroos went on to make 176 for the Bavarians, winning two ?Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal cups and also the ?Champions League in 2013. However, he brought his time in Germany to an end in 2014, opting to make the switch to ?Real Madrid.

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4 Things Bayern Munich Need to do to Become Champions of Europe Again

?Bayern Munich have had a relatively easy time in the domestic scene, having won the last seven Bundesliga titles and claiming four DFB Pokal wins in the same period.

However, ever since their treble-winning campaign in the 2012/13 season under Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarian giants and their fans have wanted to reach the pinnacle of European football and lift the Champions League again.

In order to accomplish that feat, Die Roten have to do several things to improve in the European competition – here are four of them.


Sack Niko Kova?

Niko Kovac

We are well aware that wanting to have a manager sacked who has won the domestic double in his first season, something that Carlo Ancelotti never achieved with ?Bayern, is very unfair on Kova?. However, it is, unfortunately, the harsh reality that is required in order for Der FCB to once again become the elite side of Europe.

Kova? and Bayern had a tough first half of the season as they fell behind ?Dortmund by nine points, which prompted huge question marks over the former Bayern player’s ability to manage big egos and whether he is capable of running the show at the Allianz Arena. Despite clawing back the points to win the league, those question marks still remain.

Prior to getting the Bayern job, Kovac only had one coaching stint under his belt from his time at Frankfurt – not exactly the elite pedigree Bayern are used to.

With managers on the market who have had great European experiences, such as Arsène Wenger, Massimiliano Allegri or Leonardo Jardim, it makes sense for Bayern to appoint one of those managers in hopes of securing a Champions League trophy.


Replace ‘Robbéry’

Arjen Robben,Franck Ribery

The two wingers who combined to score the winner against Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final have left the club as they edge closer to retirement. With that, there is a heavy void of experience and quality lacking in the wide areas of the squad. 

Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry have had a wonderful season but have not been able to produce on the biggest stage and reinforcements are needed – especially considering Coman’s injury history. Alphonso Davies is a great prospect signed from ?MLS last season, but is not ready to play Champions League football yet.

Knowing the gap in the squad, Bayern have targeted players such as Nicolas Pépé and Leroy Sané but they have yet to pull the trigger on those targets. 


Invest in Youth

Serge Gnabry,Joshua Kimmich

At the start of the 2018/19 season, Bayern had the highest average age of any club in the Bundesliga. As the season progressed, some young players did see a lot of game time with Gnabry, Coman, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka all playing over 1000 minutes.

Die Roten have already invested in youth this summer with Jann Fiete-Arp, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez all joining the Bavarians whilst older players such as Mats Hummels and Rafinha have parted ways with the club. 

However, the club also needs to start playing more of their youth so that experienced stars such as Robert Lewandowski, Thiago and David Alaba can get some rest for the big Champions League fixtures. Fiete-Arp is probably not ready for the Bundesliga so signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig would be a great option when Lewandowski needs a week off. Renato Sanches and the returning Corentin Tolisso can fill Thiago’s role and Davies could also play left-back to give Alaba some much-needed rest.


Fix the Defence

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While this issue has already been identified and acted upon in the transfer market with the signings of Pavard and Lucas, Bayern still need to build a better defence on the pitch ASAP.

Club captain Manuel Neuer had a shockingly poor season by his standards, in which his inability to keep out shots meant that Bayern, despite having three World Cup winners in their defence, conceded 32 goals in the Bundesliga – their worst since 2010/11. Mats Hummels has already joined rivals Dortmund despite a solid Rückrunde, whilst Jerome Boateng’s future is still in limbo after a disastrous campaign. 

This means FC Hollywood need to make defence a massive priority throughout the season, and with the memory of Liverpool slotting three past them in the Champions League last season (at home, no less), Bayern should have all the motivation they need to get to work.

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Bundesliga Expert Confirms Bayern Munich Remain Keen to Sign Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi

?Bundesliga expert Christian Falk has confirmed that Bayern Munich are still looking to sign Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer.

The 18-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his contract, was the subject of several huge bids from Bayern in January, but Chelsea refused to let him leave and instead offered him more opportunities in the first team, until he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in April.


However, speaking to ?Get German Football News, Falk insisted that ?Bayern are still keen on Hudson-Odoi, but the move could be complicated by their pursuit of ?Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

He said: “Yes, they want both players. But if they get Sane this summer, there is an agreement between the management of [Hudson-Odoi] and Bayern Munich, that he could come on a free in 2020. 

“That would be also good for Bayern Munich. But Hudson-Odoi now from what I’ve heard, is thinking again about ?Chelsea, because they are willing to give him a new opportunity.

Solomon March,Callum Hudson-Odoi

“I think a few months ago, Hudson-Odoi was convinced about Bayern, and would not sign a new Chelsea contract. He would have signed with Bayern in 2020, but perhaps in the last weeks something could have changed in his mind, but we will have to see.”

The winger was thought to be keen on a move to Bayern, but is now said to be considering extending his stay at Stamford Bridge in the wake of ?Eden Hazard’s move to ?Real Madrid. It has been suggested that Chelsea have offered him ?Hazard’s number ten shirt in a bid to prove their commitment to him next season.

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It is also said that Hudson-Odoi is waiting to see who will be named as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement this summer. 

He struggled to win over Sarri, but is said to be eager to work with leading candidate Frank Lampard and assistant Jody Morris, both of whom know him well from their time with Chelsea’s academy.

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Serge Gnabry: How a Tony Pulis Flop at West Brom Transformed Into Bayern Munich’s Player of the Year

After his first full season at Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry has been crowned as the Bundesliga champions’ Player of the Season, but it’s not been such a straight forward journey to the top for the 23-year-old forward. 

Poached by Premier League giants Arsenal at the age of 15, the Germany international’s move to England was delayed by a year due to age restrictions, but Gnabry still had expectations piled onto him early on after a 30-goal haul with VfB Stuttgart’s Under-16 side before the move.

It was no surprise that Gnabry hit the ground running when he finally arrived in north London, featuring six times in the Premier League’s reserve league, alongside players who were already three years his senior like Thomas Eisfeld – dubbed early on as ‘the next Mario Götze’ – and Oguzhan Özyakup.

Mesut Oezil,Serge Gnabry

It wasn’t long before Gnabry found himself in the first team alongside compatriot and then club-record signing Mesut Özil, making both his Premier League and Champions League debut within a four-day spell.

Unfortunately for the now 23-year-old, he would only ever make nine more top-flight appearances for Arsenal’s first team, being forced to endure a horrid loan spell with West Brom before eventually being sent back to Germany.

It was during Gnabry’s six-month spell in the West Midlands that manager Tony Pulis provided a soundbite which has since been immortalised.

Serge has come [to West Brom] to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games,” Pulis said, quoted by The Express & Star“He’s come from academy football and not played much league football.”

Fast forward to the end of that 2015/16 season and Gnabry finds himself in the transfer market, eventually sealing a deadline day move to northwest Germany, joining SV Werder Bremen for just €5m.

Moving back to Germany came just days after Die Mannschaft were beaten in a penalty shootout against host nation Brazil in the Olympic Games, although Gnabry did finish as the competition’s top scorer ahead of Neymar and Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq. 

His move to the Wesser Stadion was surrounded by rumours of interference from Bayern Munich, but Gnabry didn’t let talk off the pitch affect his performances on it, going on to score 11 goals during his maiden season in the Bundesliga.

Gnabry’s move to Bremen did prove to be nothing more than an informal loan from Bayern Munich – he moved to Bavaria in 2017 for just €8m – but he was sent back out straight away by the decision makers at the Allianz Arena.

This time, Gnabry was sent to work under managerial wonderkid Julian Nagelsmann at TSG Hoffenheim.

Serge Gnabry

Unlike before, however, Gnabry spent the majority of his time playing through the middle in Nagelsmann’s versatile system, and once again the Germany international reached double figures during the league campaign.

Hoffenheim wanted him back for another season, but Bayern Munich’s top brass had seen enough to convince them he could make the step up.

It wasn’t the easiest of starts in Bavaria as Gnabry didn’t score his first goal for the club until November in a disappointing draw at home to Freiburg, where Lucas Höler’s 89th-minute strike for the visitors summed up Bayern Munich’s Hinrunde in a nutshell.

But that goal saw Gnabry kick on from a personal point of view, going on to end the season with a tally of 13 goals and nine assists after making 42 appearances – the most in a single campaign in his entire career – across all competitions.


Most importantly, however, is that Gnabry has taken the first step on the road to achieving what he wants to with Bayern Munich, and that’s winning trophies.

Ending the campaign with a domestic double to his name, Gnabry was a consistently vital part of Bayern Munich during their league campaign, where the Bavarians had to overturn a large point gap with Borussia Dortmund to reclaim the title.

In the DFB-Pokal, outstanding performances against Hertha BSC and 1. FC Heidenheim helped carry Bayern Munich to the final in Berlin, where they made light work of Ralf Rangnick’s RB Leipzig.

It wasn’t a season without its faults for Gnabry, or Bayern Munich on the whole, but the former Arsenal star showed exactly why he’s been shown so much faith at Säbener Strasse, and how he could grow to be one half of the club’s next set of generation-defining wingers.

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Robert Lewandowski Fuels Leroy Sane Rumours by Claiming Bayern Are ‘Looking Forward’ to His Arrival

Robert Lewandowski has claimed that Bayern Munich’s German players are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Leroy Sane from Manchester City this summer.

Sane has been strongly linked with a move away from the Premier League champions over the past few months after struggling to nail down a consistent starting spot during the 2018/19 campaign. 

Bayern appear to be the strongest contenders to land Sane’s signature, but they may have to submit a huge bid in order to convince City to part ways with the winger. 

Leroy Sane

There is no indication that ?Bayern are any closer to completing a deal for Sane, but that hasn’t stopped Lewandowski from admitting that the Bavarian’s German contingent are growing excited about the prospect of joining up with the ?City forward – adding that he could arrive as a replacement for Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery.

“?Bayern’s German players are now very much looking forward to Sane’s signing, but we have to wait and see what is going on,” the Polish striker said, as per ?Goal.

“[Robbern and Ribery] are legends, of course their departure is sad. But Bayern will also sign more and better replacements.


“I believe that the winger Bayern will sign in the future will be as good as Robben and Ribery. In order to have a good performance next season and to overcome Dortmund, I hope that Bayern can do something in the transfer market this summer.”

Lewandowski’s comments mirror the opinion of Joshua Kimmich, who also ?recently spoke about the potential of Sane joining Bayern, claiming that he would ‘fit in well’ at the club.

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