Xhaka won't be Bayern's Schweinsteiger replacement – Gladbach

Max Eberl has insisted there is no hope of a deal being struck for the Swiss midfielder to join Pep Guardiola’s German champions

Bayern Munich have no chance of signing Granit Xhaka this summer, Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has warned.

Pep Guardiola’s side are thought to be on the lookout for a replacement for Bastian Schweinsteiger, after the Germany captain joined Manchester United on Monday.

However, while the 22-year-old Xhaka was linked with a move to the Bavarian giants earlier in the summer, Eberl has insisted that the Switzerland international is going nowhere.

“Bayern will not get Xhaka!” Eberl told Bild. “There is no scenario in which Granit will go to Bayern this summer.

“The only players who will leave us are Peniel Mlapa and Amin Younes. Granit will be here with us – no matter what.”

Xhaka has netted four goals in 85 appearances for Gladbach since arriving from Basel in 2012. He has also struck six times in 34 caps for Switzerland, and his former national coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has in the past referred to Xhaka as a “young Schweinsteiger”.

Gotze was always destined to reach the top, says former coach

The Bayern Munich player’s talent was obvious from a young, according to Michael Jager, who coached him at Eintracht Hombruch

Germany’s World Cup final hero Mario Gotze was always destined to reach great heights in his career, according to a former youth team coach of his.

Exactly a year ago, after 90 goalless minutes at the Maracana in Brazil, Gotze popped up with the decisive extra-time strike in a 1-0 victory against Argentina as Germany won their fourth World Cup.

At 23-years-old, Gotze has already won four Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokal medals in spells with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Michael Jager, a coach of Gotze during his time at Eintracht Hombruch, remembers spotting the Bayern star’s talent early on.

“You could already see that he was very talented,” he told Spox.com. “You couldn’t say for sure if he would play in the Bundesliga, but he was one of the best players and you could see that he could become very good.

“The final of the World Cup was very intense for me. Especially when Gotze was subbed in and scored the goal in overtime. That was fantastic, I got goosebumps.”

After winning the World Cup, Gotze was perceived by some to have failed to hit his usual lofty standards during a 2014-15 campaign that saw Bayern once again win the Bundesliga.

However, Helmut Albat – who Gotze worked with at SC Ronsberg – believes the 23-year-old needs more minutes on the pitch.

“He was noticeable at a young age. He was two years younger than the others, already had a good technique and passed the ball in front of the goal. You don’t see that very often,” he said.

“He has a hard time right now, many people are criticising him. How can you criticise someone who only plays five minutes?

“You cannot say that he is bad when he only gets to play very few minutes. I don’t like what is happening right now. The club isn’t standing beside him and the press is very hard to him.”

Official: Schweinsteiger joins Manchester United

The experienced German midfielder has ended his 17-year association with Bayern Munich, reuniting with old boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in a £14 million deal


Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed his move to Manchester United from Bayern Munich, signing a three-year contract with the Red Devils.

The Germany international flew into Manchester over the weekend, underwent a medical on Sunday and has now penned personal terms to seal his £14 million move.

The transfer marks a reunion with former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman having been the driving force behind a deal for a player he helped turn into one of the world’s best central midfielders.

#mufc is delighted to announce the signing of @BSchweinsteiger from Bayern Munich on a 3-year contract. #WelcomeBasti pic.twitter.com/jGcC2K1HLD

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 13, 2015

Van Gaal believes Schweinsteiger’s experience will be invaluable to his squad, and will soon be able to partner the German alongside Morgan Schneiderlin after agreeing a deal with Southampton for the Frenchman.

The duo are likely to compete with Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind for places in United’s starting XI next season, while more arrivals – including a centre-back and striker – are expected.


READ MORE | Where will Schweinsteiger fit in at Manchester United?


The Red Devils are also yet to resolve David De Gea’s future, though Real Madrid’s move for Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has given them renewed hope, while Angel Di Maria could be on the verge of a summer exit.

Schweinsteiger won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League with Bayern, also winning the World Cup last summer, and paid tribute to a club he has spent his entire career at.

“After 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Allianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

“This decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life. Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision. No one can take away the incredible journey we had together.”

Schweinsteiger on par with Beckenbauer & Gerd Muller, says Heynckes

The treble-winning coach has hailed the importance of the influential midfielder and thinks Bayern will struggle to replace him

Former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes believes Bastian Schweinsteiger was as important to the Bavarians as Gerd Muller and Franz Beckenbauer.

The Germany international is set to complete a £12 milliion (€16.75m) transfer to Manchester United and Heynckes is adamant that the 30-year-old will be sorely missed at the Allianz Arena.

“Bastian was the heart and soul of the team at Bayern. He did everything in the team’s best interest rather than think about himself,” Heynckes told Kicker.

“He is a true icon for the Bayern fans, someone they can identify themselves with.

“Schweinsteiger is right up there with Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller. The Bundesliga and German football will miss him.

“There will not be another player like him at Bayern.”

Heynckes guided Bayern to a historic treble in 2012-13, with Schweinsteiger as a key member of his squad.

Schweinsteiger will undergo a medical with United on Monday before completing his move to Old Trafford.

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