Guardiola: Ribery ruled out for Bundesliga start

The coach revealed the Frenchman has not fully recovered from his injury troubles, but is confident of his side’s chances next term

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola revealed winger Franck Ribery will miss the club’s opening Bundesliga clash through injury.

The 32-year-old endured an injury-hit end to last season as Bayern crashed out of the Champions League and DFB-Pokal semi-finals, though club director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently confirmed he was on the road to recovery.

However, Guardiola has now confirmed the Frenchman will be unavailable for the club’s Bundesliga bow against Hamburg on August 14.

“He won’t be ready for the first game of the season, but it’s getting better, I’m optimistic,” the coach told reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash with Valencia in Beijing.

The Bavarians are in China where they will play a run of three friendly games – including games with Inter and Guangzhou Evergrande – in nine days.

Bayern are also hoping to complete the signing of Arturo Vidal from Juventus in the coming days, after agreeing a €40 million fee with the Turin side.

Robben: Quality Vidal can help any team

The winger believes the midfielder could be a huge asset to Bayern Munich as he nears a move to the Allianz Arena

Arjen Robben has revealed his delight at the prospect of teaming up with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal at Bayern Munich next season.

The two clubs have agreed a €40 million fee for the Chile international, while the player’s agent negotiated personal terms with the Bavarians on Tuesday.

Robben says he would welcome the arrival of the 28-year-old as Bayern chase elusive Champions League success once again next term under coach Pep Guardiola.

“A player with those qualities can help any team,” he told Bild.

Michael Skibbe, who managed Vidal at Bayer Leverkusen in 2007-08, believes he will make a big impact at Allianz Arena: “Arturo is extremely vociferous and aggressive.

“Vidal is, with his attitude, exactly the right player for Bayern with all their technically strong players.”

Vidal will replace Bastian Schweinsteiger, who joined Manchester United earlier this week.

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Schweinsteiger shrugs off Beckenbauer criticism

The World Cup winner insists injuries and age will not limit his ability to be a success at Old Trafford, despite the public concerns of the Bayern Munich legend

Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has dismissed Franz Beckenbauer’s suggestion that he may not have the fitness or the athleticism to adapt to Premier League football in his 30s.

Schweinsteiger ended his 17-year association with Bayern Munich by completing a £12 million move to Old Trafford earlier this month, and will become the first German to represent United at senior level.

When asked about Schweinsteiger’s ability to shine in England, Beckenbauer replied: “I find it very brave to make a move like this at his age. People know Schweinsteiger at Bayern and know what he can do. That’s not the case in England. He will have to prove himself all over again.

“Basti is 30 years old at the moment. I wish him all the best and hope he can represent German football well in England. Not a lot of players have succeeded in doing so. A move to MLS would have made more sense for me. He has to make sure he becomes fully match fit again and recharge his battery.”

But Schweinsteiger himself insists he has no such concerns. “I don’t know when Beckenbauer moved to America to New York Comsos at 32. I am 30,” he told reporters.

“It is a challenge for me. I feel very good. I had last year the thing with my knee after the World Cup which was very intensive for me and I had a break at October.

“But from that time on I had no injury, I was fit and felt fit at the end. Of course sometimes when you are getting older you need a little more time for recovery, maybe half a day more than 20-year-old players so that’s normal. But I think I have a lot of experience, especially of the big matches and that is an advantage always.

“I am confident. My style of play is to control a game. You have to be smart in your brain and fast. For me it is very important to control a situation in defence. You can always score goals but you have to add stability in the defence.”

Schweinsteiger is the most illustrious name to occupy the heart of United’s midfield since the retirement of club legend Paul Scholes, and he has warned Red Devils fans not to expect the same level of contribution from him.

“Not easy to say it can happen the same again,” he added. “Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were unbelievable players. You cannot compare yourself to them. It is impossible. Scholes especially, I like him a lot and I have a lot of respect for what he did for United.”

Rummenigge: Vidal to Bayern not a done deal…yet

The Bavarians have lodged a €40 million bid for the midfielder with Juventus, but are believed to be ironing out the fine details before confirming the transfer

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has teased that Juventus ace Arturo Vidal is edging towards signing for the Bundesliga club.

The Bavarians have agreed a €40 million fee with the Bianconeri for the Chile international, whom the German champions first tried to sign in 2011 when he was still at Bayer Leverkusen.

Rummenigge is now hopeful that Bayern can finally get their man, although he added that there is still work to be done.

“I can’t confirm Vidal’s signing – yet,” the 59-year-old told Sky Germany. “We have to wait a bit.

“Michael Reschke [Bayern’s technical director, who worked for Leverkusen until 2014] told me the truth about 2011: it was not the player but the club who blocked his move to Bayern.

“So, in the end, I hope Vidal will come to us. It is impossible that Vidal will join Bayern on our tour of China. Even the Bavarians can’t sign a player that fast.”

Bayern are looking to reinforce their midfield after allowing Bastian Schweinsteiger to join Manchester United earlier this week.

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