Joachim Low Upbeat Over Manuel Neuer’s World Cup Chances As He Gives Update on Keeper’s Fitness

Germany head coach Joachim Low says he’s pretty confident Manuel Neuer will be part of his squad for the World Cup.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has been out injured since September after suffering a hairline fracture in his foot, but Low has been keeping track of his progress and says Neuer will play for Bayern before the end of the season and is very likely to head to Russia this summer.


If a player isn’t involved in any of the pre-tournament games, it’s hard to name him in the final squad. When Manuel was here on Tuesday, we sat down and talked with Andy Köpke and Dr. Müller-Wohlfarth for a while – Manuel is right on track,” the World-Cup winning boss said via

“He’s set to play for Bayern again this season and the doctor has assured me that his scar is fine and his bones are growing back together as planned.

“At the moment he’s not able to train properly – he’s at around 90 percent and plans to be back to 100 by the end of the week so that he can start participating fully. 

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“Then he’ll be able to use a few training sessions to make sure he’s ready to play again. I am very confident Manuel Neuer will be in our World Cup squad.”

Neuer, meanwhile, insists Die Mannschaft will need him for the upcoming tournament, which he helped win four years ago in Brazil. 

“I think Germany need me and I like being part of the Germany team too,” he said earlier this month. “Anybody would like to be involved in a World Cup. I still have aims with Bayern in the second half of the season, and then, of course, the main objective of [playing with] the national team in the summer.”

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Bayern Munich Set to Hijack Borussia Dortmund’s Bid to Sign German International Jonas Hector

?Bayern Munich are set to hijack ?Borussia Dortmund’s bid to sign German defender Jonas Hector, according to reports.

Dortmund have been heavily linked with the defender in recent weeks with reports of an €8m release clause set to be met, however there appears to be a twist in the transfer saga.

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According to German news outlet ?Kicker, it now appears that Bayern Munich have also contacted the 27-year-old about a potential move to the Allianz Arena. 

The left back has made 111 Bundesliga appearances for Cologne since their promotion in 2014, and has since become a regular member of Joachim Löw‘s German national side. In fact, since Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014, no German player has made more international appearances than Hector (25). 

Should the deal go through, it would look more than likely that Hector would act as a back up to Bayern’s current left back David Alaba in case of an injury, suspension or need for rotation. This has led many people to believe that a move to Dortmund would suit the player better, with a higher chance for more playing time. 

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It is yet to have been revealed Hector’s preference on where he wants to play his football next season, although the bright lights of Bayern Munich would be hard for anyone to turn down at this moment in time. 

They find themselves 17 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga as well as being drawn against Sevilla in the quarter finals of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

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As for Dortmund, they have been left to trail in Bayern’s wake after falling an astounding 18 points behind the league leaders and were dumped out of the Europa League at the round of 16 stage. They’ll be looking to rebuild this summer, and will be hoping they can convince players of the calibre of Hector to chose them over their fierce rivals.



Zidane Reportedly Gives Green Light for Real Madrid to Sign €100m Robert Lewandowski in the Summer

?Zinedine Zidane has reportedly given Real Madrid president Florentino Perez the go ahead to sign want away Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer. Zidane is said to see the Polish attacker as his priority target in the transfer window.

Lewandowski seems to have been linked with Madrid since the beginning of time, but it appears that this summer is the likeliest he’s ever looked to leave the Allianz Stadium. Having switched agents earlier in the season in a bid to engineer a move to Los Blancos, it now seems that Madrid are preparing a bid.

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According to AS, Zidane and Perez are in agreement that Lewandowski is their top target after a difficult season at the Bernabeu. The tried and tested 30-year-old has spent his entire career turning out top quality performances, and the report claims that a deal worth around €100m – with Bayern determined to keep hold of the player.

Madrid are apparently happy to pay the money, knowing that Bayern themselves are soon to fork out €42m for on loan midfielder James Rodriguez.

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Should this information be true, it would ultimately end Madrid’s interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Englishman has been linked with a move to Madrid since last season, but while a move seemed to be on the cards for a while, Madrid have gone off the idea of signing Kane due to the huge transfer fee he would command.

The Spanish club are also concerned that his introverted nature would have a negative impact on his game. Kane is not used to the hectic life that comes with playing for Real Madrid.

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Spanish Legend Xabi Alonso Warns Robert Lewandowski off Summer Real Madrid Move

Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has urged Robert Lewandowski to remain at Bayern Munich, as rumours continue to circulate (as they have done for years) regarding a possible move to the Bernabeu for the Polish striker.

The pair played together at the Allianz Arena for three years prior to Alonso’s retirement. This summer, Lewandowski looks more likely than ever to make the move from the Bundesliga to La Liga, but Alonso doesn’t seem to sure about the idea.

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Speaking to Sportbuzzer (via Marca), the Spaniard warned Lewandoswki off the move, claiming that the striker has it perfect where he is in Bavaria:

?“He is definitely one of the best No.9s in the world,” Alonso began. “However, I think that he is best at Bayern. Every year he scores goals, he knows the club, he knows the league, and he wins titles. If he wants to have a different experience, that is something that he must decide for himself.”

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The Champions League and World Cup winner spent the vast majority of his career competing amongst the best in the world, but it appears that the level of competence in Germany is beginning to decline, and Alonso fears that it will have a negative impact on the Bundesliga.

?“Borussia Dortmund have done well for years,” he noted. “But instead of making the gap smaller, it has increased in recent years. This is not good for the league; it needs excitement. Bayern need a rival, and it does not matter if it is Dortmund, Schalke or Leipzig.”

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Bayern look set for yet another Bundesliga title this season – and a first place this term finish will hand them their sixth league triumph in a row.


Bayern Munich Rule Out Sale of Robert Lewandowski Amid Reports of Real Madrid Interest

?Bayern Munich have categorically ruled out the possibility of selling Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to ?Kicker.

The Polish striker has been at the centre of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Spanish club, having grown frustrated with current first choice striker Karim Benzema, are believed to have identified Lewandowski as a prime target.

But Bayern have dismissed reports of a potential transfer, and insisted that the Bundesliga’s top scorer will not be sold under any circumstances.

?Mundo Deportivo claimed last week that Lewandowski had agreed contract terms with Real Madrid, but added that negotiations had not yet taken place with Bayern.

The 29-year-old has scored 31 goals in 36 appearances for the Bavarian club this season, a typically prolific tally for a striker considered one of Europe’s best.


He has found the net 100 times in 121 Bundesliga outings since joining Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, and has 51 goals in 91 games for the Polish national team.

Former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder earlier this month claimed that Bayern would not allow Lewandowski to leave without finding a replacement.

“There isn’t a pain barrier [on the transfer fee] because a Robert Lewandowski is irreplaceable,” he said. “There isn’t an adequate replacement available on the market. Therefore, they will not allow him to leave.”

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He added: “Normally, Bayern do not give up their top players and they do not need the money.”