Costa: Neymar texted me about Bayern

The winger says the Selecao skipper sent him a message on Whatsapp congratulating him on his €30 million transfer to Bavaria from Shakhtar Donetsk

Douglas Costa has revealed Brazil team-mate Neymar congratulated him on his move to Bayern Munich via text and told him the Bundesliga champions were the perfect club for him.

Costa joined the Bavarians from Shakhtar Donetsk on July 1 for €30 million, with the former Gremio ace signing a five-year contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.

The winger turned down Manchester United and Chelsea before moving to Ukraine in 2010, but says he now feels capable of making the grade at a top European club.

“The Bundesliga is well respected in Brazil, especially after the World Cup,” Costa told Bild, alluding to the Selecao’s 7-1 semi-final defeat at last year’s World Cup.

“Neymar Whatsapped me just after the transfer was announced: ‘Congratulations, Bayern are a top club; that’s perfect for you.

“I’m happy for you, hopefully we meet in the Champions League!’

“I would have had no place [at Chelsea or United in 2010]. I didn’t want to watch the stars; they had lots of better players than me during that time.

“I knew that if I wanted to make the breakthrough in Europe, I needed a club to develop at first.”

Costa never scored more than six league goals during his time in Ukraine but acknowledges that much more will be expected of him at the Allianz Arena from an offensive perspective.

“At Shakthar, I also had some defensive roles, for example, as a right-back,” he added.

“But Pep is not planning on using me as a defender. I will be playing near the opposition box.

“So, six goals per season will definitely not be enough for me at Bayern.”

'Klopp 100 per cent suited to Bayern job' – Watzke

The 48-year-old often spoke critically of the Bavarians during his time in charge of BVB but he has been talked up as a potential successor to Pep Guardiola

Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes the club’s former coach Jurgen Klopp would be perfectly suited to the Bayern Munich job.

Klopp spent seven seasons at the helm at Signal Iduna Park, during which time he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

The 48-year-old often spoke critically of Bayern, who caused consternation in Dortmund by signing two of their most valued players, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.

However, with current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola being linked with a move to Manchester City when his current contract expires in 2016, Watzke says Klopp would be the perfect replacement.

“Jurgen Klopp is a candidate for every top club,” he told the Rheinische Post. “Klopp and Bayern would be 100 per cent suitable. 

“Besides, you can’t do much wrong at Bayern anyway – they win the Bundesliga whatever happens. Our friendship would not suffer.”

Just like Klopp, Watzke has openly criticised Bayern for their pursuit of Dortmund players and was particularly upset by Uli Hoeness publicly commenting on Marco Reus’ contractual situation at Dortmund.

However, the BVB chief insists he has always maintained a healthy working relationship with the Bavarians’ general manager, who is currently in prison for tax evasion.

“Basically, I have always been good at arguing the point with him,” Watzke added.

“That was probably very entertaining for many but when we met, it was always with respect and a clear understanding.”

Gotze: Guardiola needs to talk to me more

The Bayern Munich attacker has fired a veiled criticism at his coach by insinuating that the Spaniard does not communicate enough with him

Mario Gotze says his future at Bayern Munich depends on whether Pep Guardiola talks to him more often.

Last month Gotze hit the headlines for complimentary comments on Juventus, with whom he had been linked, but the Scudetto holders pursued a move for Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler instead.

Those talks appear to have stalled due to Schalke’s high pricetag, leading to suggestions Juve could rekindle their interest in Gotze, whose two years at the Allianz Arena have been a mixed bag.

The highlight of his time as a Bayern player was scoring the World Cup-winning goal last summer with Germany, whereas he rarely features prominently in crucial matches for the Bavarians.

Gotze, 23, admits that there have been plenty of frustrations since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and opined he needs more of an open line of communication with his coach.

“The last two years were definitely not very simple,” the German attacker told reporters following Bayern’s 3-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday. “We’ll see what happens.

“It will work out if Guardiola talks to me more often. I’m going to let everything come to me. Anything beyond that, we’ll see.”

Gotze, who has a contract in Munich until 2017, scored the second goal against Milan after coming off the bench in the Audi Cup semi-final victory as Bayern continued their pre-season preparations.

Bayern’s win was overshadowed by Guardiola having a half-time row in the tunnel with Rossoneri midfielder Nigel de Jong, whose tackle on Joshua Kimmich forced the midfielder off injured.

Guardiola rages at De Jong in tunnel row

The Dutch midfielder injured Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich early in the first half of Milan’s visit to the Allianz Arena, and the coach fumed at half-time


Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola got into a raging half-time row with AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong over his injury-inducing tackle on Joshua Kimmich in Tuesday’s clash at the Allianz Arena.

Although pre-season friendlies are notoriously tame affairs, De Jong was his usually tough-tackling self when, 10 minutes in, he clattered into the 20-year-old German midfielder.

Guardiola was forced to withdraw Kimmich midway through the first half due to the knock he picked up from the Dutchman’s tackle and the coach was still furious when the half-time whistle was blown in Munich.

The former Barcelona boss began ranting at De Jong inside the tunnel, gesturing wildly towards the defensive midfielder, who had to be refrained from charging towards Guardiola by his Rossoneri team-mates.

De Jong has a reputation of afflicting pain on his opponents, having infamously kung-fu kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest in the 2010 World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain.

Bayern Munich 3-0 AC Milan: Bernat, Gotze and Lewandowski rattle Rossoneri

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men were eaily swept aside, although the big talking point from the match was Pep Guardiola’s half-time row with Nigel de Jong


Pep Guardiola was involved in half-time spat with AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong as Bayern Munich ran out 3-0 winners in a heated Audi Cup clash.

The Bayern coach was infuriated by a first-half challenge from De Jong that prompted him to haul Joshua Kimmich off the field immediately, and Guardiola berated the Dutchman as the players left the pitch at the interval.

The spat overshadowed what was a brilliant Bayern performance, in which Douglas Costa showed exactly why Guardiola signed him as he inspired his new team in the first half.

Costa provided an assist for Juan Bernat’s opening goal and went close to scoring on a number of occasions in an explosive 45-minute display.

Mario Gotze’s second-half strike and Robert Lewandowski’s late third confirmed the Bundesliga champions’ place in the Audi Cup final, where they will face Real Madrid, but Guardiola will be hoping for a fixture with less needle than this one.

Guardiola gave a first Bayern start to Arturo Vidal and Milan found themselves under pressure within the first 10 minutes – Costa going within inches of a spectacular opener with a free kick that dipped just over the crossbar from 20 yards.

Milan angered Guardiola with a number of uncompromising challenges, before the Bayern coach pulled Kimmich off after 21 minutes, following a crunching challenge from De Jong.

Moments later, Bayern deservedly took the lead when a sweeping move ended with a shot from Bernat that deflected sharply off the foot of Cristian Zapata, leaving Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez with no chance.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should have doubled the lead just three minutes later when a Costa cross flashed across the face of Lopez’s goal, but the Dane’s attempt to score with his chest hit the post.

Costa then launched an audacious 30-yard shot over the crossbar, before another Bayern break put the him through for a one-on-one with Lopez, and the Milan keeper was only able to parry Costa’s shot, but his blushes were spared as the Brazilian fired the rebound over the bar.

Guardiola replaced Costa and Vidal with Thomas Muller and Lewandowski for the second half, protecting his new signings ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign.

Carlos Bacca missed Milan’s first real chance of the game early in the second half, shooting narrowly wide with the outside of his right foot from just inside the Bayern penalty area.

De Jong almost enraged Guardiola further when he went close with a sweetly-struck volley from 30 yards, and at the other end Zapata came close to putting the ball in his own net as he flicked Rafinha’s cross out of play.

Bayern were right back on top in the final stages of the game, and they ensured that the result better reflected their dominance when Lewandowski linked up with Gotze, who applied a simple finish from 15 yards.

With five minutes left, Lewandowski was on hand to smash home from Muller’s pass, following a defensive error by Alex that will have disappointed Mihajlovic.