The goalkeeper says he doesn’t believe the Borussia Dortmund defender will have divided loyalties when he takes on his future employers at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on Saturday
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expects Mats Hummels to “give everything” to beat his future employers in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final.
Hummels will captain Borussia Dortmund for the final time before rejoining his boyhood club when he leads Thomas Tuchel’s side out against Bayern at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
However, Neuer does not think his Germany team-mate will have divided loyalties at the Olympiastadion, despite the fact he is likely to be barracked by Dortmund’s supporters once again for what they see as a betrayal.
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“I cannot imagine Mats will be thinking about Bayern during the Pokal final,” said Neuer told Sport Bild.
“He will give everything. From my own experience I can say that the noise from the stands is irrelevant. What matters is what happens on the pitch.”
World Cup-winning shot-stopper Neuer famously foiled Bayern by keeping a clean sheet for former club Schalke in their 1-0 Pokal semi-final win at the Allianz Arena in March 2011, after his summer move to Bavaria had been confirmed.
The Poland international will face former club Borussia Dortmund in the showpiece event as Bayern Munich look to complete a domestic double at Berlin’s Olympiastadion
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says he is looking forward to the “special” atmosphere in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against former club Borussia Dortmund.
Lewandowski scored three goals in five games to help Bayern qualify for their fourth Pokal final in the last five years.
The Poland international scored in the 2012 decider to help Dortmund defeat Bayern 5-2, but was on the losing side when the two teams met again in 2014.
Lewandowski is out for Pokal glory again as he prepares to contest his first final in Bayern colours on Saturday at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, coincidentally against ex-paymasters Dortmund.
The Bundesliga top-scorer is hoping Bayern can add to their Bundesliga triumph this season as the two best sides in Germany go head-to-head.
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“Every championship is special for me. It’s the fourth time in a row for Bayern [winning the Bundesliga], it’s a great moment, a great time. I am happy that I can be here,” Lewandowski said.
“Every title, no matter if it’s German championship or hopefully the German cup on Saturday is great, that would be a really good season for us. I hope we can achieve that.
“I think this final [against Dortmund] is played by two of the best teams in Germany. It’s a great moment for everyone watching, for the fans.
“The atmosphere in Berlin is something special to me. It was better than at the Champions League final [between Bayern and Dortmund in 2013], I have to admit.
“I hope we will be happy also after the game and I hope we can celebrate again on the balcony here in Munich on Sunday.”
The Belgium international’s father has revealed that a transfer is close but insists the striker will not be heading to Serie A
Romelu Lukaku’s father claims Everton want £65 million for Romelu Lukaku and believes the striker will be sold before Euro 2016.
The Belgium international has scored 25 goals in 46 appearances for Everton this season and has been linked with a host of clubs including Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Lukaku has already stated his desire to play for a Champions League club next season and his father now claims that an Everton exit is close.
“Everton are asking around £65m for Rom. I think a transfer will be done before the Euros,” Roger Lukaku told Humo.
“Romelu will decide his future, but agents have the last word most of the time. I hope and I think Mino Raiola is an honest man.
“Now, with Romelu it will be quickly arranged. Has the transfer has been sorted? Almost. I think it will be in place before the European Championship.
“At the moment I think Manchester United or Bayern Munich are most suitable for him, especially Bayern.
“He won’t go to Italy, because they keep it closed at the back, too difficult for an attacker.
“What is certain, to continue to make progress, he needs to change clubs, but we are mainly engaged in making the right choice.”
The Roten goalkeeper says his club, fresh from sealing the German title, must be at their best to beat Borussia Dortmund in the cup final
Manuel Neuer has urged his Bayern Munich team-mates to turn their focus to Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund following their Bundesliga title celebrations.
Pep Guardiola’s men, who clinched the German championship on May 7 following a 2-1 away win over Ingolstadt, enjoyed plenty of revelry after beating Hannover 3-1 in the final game of the league season on Saturday.
Neuer, though, has stressed “party time” is over – at least for now – as Bayern look to seal the domestic double by winning this weekend’s decider in Berlin.
“We know what Dortmund are capable of from the past few years. And we know how they have changed under [coach] Thomas Tuchel. Party time is over for now,” Neuer said at a news conference.
“We have to be focused on the task ahead. We are only thinking about Dortmund and looking forward to the game. They are more about possession now. They were often playing on the counterattack when Jurgen Klopp was still in charge. They still do that, but they are now confident in possession as well.
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“It will be a final between Germany’s two best teams. The fact that we are Bundesliga champions counts for nothing and the two Bundesliga games we played against each other don’t mean anything.
“A strong opponent awaits. Dortmund have a great team. It’s a good thing that we have such a strong German rival. They never let up and are challenging us.”
Bayern beat Dortmund 5-1 in the Bundesliga at Allianz Arena in October, before they were held to a scoreless draw in the reverse fixture in March.
The France Under-21 international has signed a five-year deal at the Bundesliga club and he maintains he never wanted to join another club, despite interest from elsewhere
Ousmane Dembele insists he never considered leaving Rennes for any other club than Borussia Dortmund despite being linked with a number of European heavyweights.
The France Under-21 international signed a five-year deal with BVB last week to end all speculation about his future, but he had plenty of other options.
Dembele – who scored 12 goals in 26 appearances in 2015-16 – had reportedly also caught the attention of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool with his fine performances, but he never had any doubts about his next destination once Dortmund came knocking.
“I had a lot of offers, but I made it clear right from the start that I was only interested in joining Dortmund. I knew right away that I only wanted Dortmund,” Dembele told Sport Bild.
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“The way they showed an interest in me and gave me the feeling they really wanted me convinced me to join Dortmund.
“I have had a lot of meetings with head coach Thomas Tuchel since Dortmund first got in touch in the winter. I am convinced he is the right coach to help me develop.
“Dortmund are the perfect club for young players, the past has shown that. I cannot wait to play my first game for Dortmund in front of the home fans.”