Hojbjerg hints at Bayern exit

The promising youngster wants more playing time and has acknowledged that it might be best for his career to leave the Bundesliga champions on a temporary basis

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted that he could leave Bayern Munich in the January transfer window in order to get regular first-team action elsewhere.

The Denmark international is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s brightest talents, but he has been struggling to break into Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up.

The 19-year-old has played just 87 minutes in the German top flight so far this season and he is considering leaving the club on a temporary basis during the winter break.

“I have been part of the first team for one-and-a-half year now,” Hojbjerg was quoted as saying by TZ.

“I have to start thinking about whether it would be good for my development to not just train, but play regularly as well.

“I have promised Denmark coach Morten Olsen that I will get regular first-team action from January 1 on. I often get some playing time, but I need to play 90 minutes week in, week out.”

Hojbjerg has a contract with Bayern until the summer of 2016.

Clubs will need years to adapt to third-party ban – Rummenigge

The ECA chairman has insisted that clubs should be given a lengthy transitional period to come to terms with Fifa’s impending ban on Third-Party Ownership

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that some clubs will need “years rather than months” to come to terms with the new prohibition on Third Party Ownership (TPO).

The acting chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) explained that his organisation supports the new measures announced by Fifa’s Executive Committee recently.

But he warned that many clubs, both in Europe and around the world, will need a significant transitional period in order to fall in line with the proposals.

“We did a study, and the outcome of the study was quite clear, that some of our members are in difficulty due to the decision at the last Fifa Executive Committee meeting to change from Third Party Ownership,” Rummenigge told the Leaders Sport Business Summit in London.

“But the one condition that was very important to us was to include a transitional phase, because all clubs using TPO – especially clubs in the southern part of Europe such as Portgual, Greece and so on – need this transitional phase to find solutions.

“These clubs need some years rather than some months to solve these problems, so we have to try to help them to solve this problem because it is a serious problem.”

The 59-year-old added that it is not only ECA members for whom he fears problems will arise should the introduction of the TPO ban not include a transitional period.

“Many, many of these players are owned by third parties, and don’t forget that the whole of South America is owned by third parties. Every single player in South America is owned by a third party.

“So I don’t know how Fifa will deal with this problem, and that for me personally will be a very interesting story to follow.”

The 59-year-old, taking part in a forum regarding challenges facing the European game, took the opportunity to reaffirm the need for ECA involvement in the final decision on the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The traditional date of June and July has been deemed to be unsuitable due to the intense climate in the Arab nation, leading Fifa to propose the finals taking place in either January and February or November and December that year.

“I believe first of all we have to recognise – everybody in the football family – that the decision was made in favour of Qatar based on it being held in the summer of 2022.

“If now there is a strong wish from various stakeholders, by Fifa, Uefa, FifPro and so on, then we are ready to discuss it, but under one condition: that it is quite clear there is no damage for club football, because if we change from summer to November or to January, it will affect our calendar,” stated Rummenigge.

“The bill for that cannot be paid by the clubs, and we are not ready to pay such a bill. That has to be clear to Fifa and everybody who is now involved who wishes to change the date. They need the good will of the clubs. Otherwise, we are not ready to talk and to discuss this.

“A very important statistic is that 76 per cent of the players at the last two World Cups came from European clubs – members of the ECA.

“It is very clear that they can’t play in the summer because it is 50 degrees, and there is a strong wish to change the date, but that has to be done in consultation with the ECA.”

However, Rummenigge insisted he would not be in favour of a re-vote regarding hosting rights as things stand, despite concerns over the non-publication of US attorney Michael Garcia’s report into corruption in the bidding process.

“Would [a re-vote] be fair for Qatar? I don’t think so. If the Garcia report is clean, then it would not be fair to do that to Qatar.”

Lewandowski: Dortmund will bounce back

The striker, who joined Bayern Munich from Dortmund in the summer, believes Jurgen Klopp’s side have been unlucky so far this term and are still a team to fear

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski believes his former team Borussia Dortmund will bounce back from their poor start to the season and become a big rival for his side once again.

Jurgen Klopp’s team beat Bayern to the league title in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before finishing runners-up to the Bavarian giants in each of the following two seasons.

However, BVB have started the current campaign in terrible form, having taken just seven points from their opening seven matches, while Pep Guardiola’s side sit 10 points above them at the top of the table.

Lewandowski, though, who joined Bayern from Dortmund this summer, believes his old club will soon find their form and start to put pressure on his current side.

“They have very bad luck with injured players at the moment,” he told Bild. “But they are still a tough competitor for us, I’m sure.”

The Poland star was prolific with BVB, as he netted an incredible 103 times in 185 appearances, including a memorable four in one single Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.

Since signing for Bayern, he has scored four times in seven Bundesliga outings but had been the subject of criticism before his double against Hannover on October 4.

Shaqiri: I must accept Bayern will not sell me

The Switzerland star has vowed to “give everything” for the Bundesliga champions after the club made it clear they would consider selling him

Xherdan Shaqiri says he must accept that Bayern Munich will not sell him and has vowed to give his utmost on the pitch for Pep Guardiola.

The Switzerland international was subject of a bid from Liverpool during the summer, while Juventus and Roma were also credited with an interest, after he had struggled to secure regular first-team football at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern went public with their desire to keep the 22-year-old, although new reports have emerged this week suggesting that Spanish champions Atletico Madrid will make an €18 million bid for his services.

Shaqiri, however, accepts that Bayern have made their stance clear over his future and is determined to “give everything” for the club this term.

“I’ve still got a contract until 2016 and the club have already told me I won’t be going anywhere so I’ve just got to accept that,” he told Sport1. “For as long as I am here, I will give everything I’ve got.

“I try to do my best in training and when the coach rewards me with appearances, like against Hannover, then that’s even better. I’m always delighted when I can start games, and I show that too, like I did this time. I think everybody could see how hungry I am to play football.”

Shaqiri set up Robert Lewandowski’s second goal with a stunning long-range pass in Bayern’s 4-0 win over Hannover at the weekend.

Griezmann: I'm not good enough to be Ribery's successor

The Atletico Madrid ace says he does not feel under any pressure to be his country’s new wing wizard – despite the obvious comparisons between himself and the Bayern Munich man

Antoine Griezmann has dismissed the perception that he is Franck Ribery’s obvious successor, arguing that he is not on the same level as his fellow Frenchman.

With Ribery having announced his retirement from international football, many pundits feel that Atletico Madrid ace Griezmann has the ability to fill the void left in the Bleus squad – just as he attempted to do at Brazil 2014 this summer.

However, Griezmann does not want to be considered the heir to Ribery’s throne as the king of French football and insists that he does not feel under any pressure to emulate the Bayern Munich star’s achievements with the national team.

“I’m not the successor to Ribery,” the Atletico Madrid ace told L’Equipe. “I’m not on his level.

“I don’t feel pressure to be, either from the press or on the pitch.”

Griezmann admitted that he receives a lot of advice and guidance from France team-mate Karim Benzema but knows full well that by the time Euro 2016 comes around – at which point he will be 25 – he will need to be capable of looking after himself.

“You can say I need Benzema to protect me at the moment but we’ll see about that in 2016,” he declared.

“There will no longer be ‘Antoine the protege’, only ‘Antoine Griezmann’.”

Griezmann scored 20 times in all competitions for Real Sociedad last season, with his fine form not only earning him a place in France’s World Cup squad but also a move to Atletico.