Bayern Munich Star Addresses Transfer Speculation Amid Real Madrid & Chelsea Interest

?Another summer equals another round of speculation linking Robert Lewandowski with a move away from Bayern Munich, but the striker has moved to dispel all rumours. 

The 29-year-old is closing in on yet another season a top of the Bundesliga goal scoring charts having netted 27 during the Bavarian giants’ ?sixth successive league title winning campaign, ensuring interest from across Europe continues to simmer in the background.

The Poland international sent rumours flying following the ?appointment of Pini Zahavi as his representative recently, with reports claiming the striker instructed him to find him a new club for the start of next season, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain said to be on the top of the strikers’ wish list.

However, when asked about his ties with Madrid – who have long held ambitions of bringing him to the Bernabeu –  Lewandowski told Polskie Radio, via the ?Metro“Am I thinking about Real in terms of a transfer? No, not at all.”

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Whilst Lewandowski’s future may continue to be brought under question, the future of the Bayern Munich top job is no longer uncertain after the club announced Niko Kovac as Jupp Heynckes’ successor. 

On the appointment of the current Eintracht Frankfurt boss, Lewandowski added: “For now, I am not thinking about it. The season isn’t over. We’re focusing on what is now, under our old/new coach.”

Bayern’s Bundesliga campaign may be all but wrapped up but they face a stern test to progress into the Champions League final as a two-legged tie awaits against Real Madrid, a challenge the Pole is savouring. 


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“If you want to win the Champions League, you have to beat the best. It will definitely be a tough fight. But I hope that we’ll play our brand of soccer and will be the better team,” he added. 

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Marcelo Admits Bayern Game Was on Real Madrid Players’ Minds After Dropping Points Against Bilbao

?Real Madrid’s left back Marcelo has defended his team’s performance after Los Blancos dropped two points to Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night.

A late Cristiano Ronaldo goal cancelled out Iñaki Williams’ first-half opener out in a ?1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Brazilian left back believes his team gave a good account of themselves despite the result, but the ?Real Madrid vice-captain also admitted that the team’s thoughts weren’t fully on the match at hand and rather on their upcoming Champions League semi final clash with ?Bayern Munich.

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“The goal complicated the match but we tried until the end. We cannot lose confidence for a game, we have given our best. Football is like that sometimes, sometimes it goes in and sometimes it does not,” ?Marcelo admitted (via Mundo Deportivo) after the match..

“Of course we have it [the game against Bayern] in our mind,” he continued. 

“We are very confident knowing who we have to play and what we have to do. We have the whole week to prepare for that tie and we are looking forward to winning in Munich. We are in a good form. The team is playing well, with confidence and that is the important thing.”

Real Madrid, who now sit third in La Liga’s standings and three points from second place Atletico Madrid, face Bayern Munich in the semi final on Wednesday looking to reach a third successive final.

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Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have already been crowned Bundesliga champions for the sixth successive season with the Bavarians looking to get some revenge for last season’s quarter final defeat to Real Madrid as they search for another treble under ?Jupp Heynckes.

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Spanish Report Claims Bayern Munich’s On-Loan Superstar Is Set for Sensational Switch to Barcelona

Real Madrid’s out on-loan star midfielder James Rodriguez could be set for a sensational switch to La Liga rivals Barcelona this summer, but only after making his current loan deal at Bayern Munich permanent, according to some rather ‘sensational reports’ from ?Don Balon.

The Bavarian giants plan to overhaul their squad in the summer as ?new manager Niko Kovac looks to put his stamp on the side. One of these changes are to buy James permanently and then use the Colombian superstar in a deal to bring Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic to the Allianz Arena.

James joined ?the Bavarians in the summer of 2017 on a two-year loan deal from Real after he lost his place entirely under Zinedine Zidane towards the end of last season, even being left out of the Champions League final squad despite being fit

James, who has been in fine form since leaving ?Madrid in the summer scoring six and assisted 12 goals, will be signed permanently and will then reportedly head to Barcelona.

This news, if true that is, will leave Real’s fans fuming after they were against the Colombian leaving Madrid in the first place.

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James’ current and former sides clash in the Champions League semi final, with the Bavarians looking to ?win the treble and Real Madrid looking to save their season with the Champions League the only realistic trophy Los Blancos can still win.

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Bayern will want to ?beat Real Madrid given the rather unfortunate circumstances they were eliminated by in last season’s quarter final. James could be pivotal in the two legged tie, given his fine run of form this season and lead Bayern to another historic treble at the end of a season of managerial crisis and infighting.

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Ilkay Gundogan Claims Manchester City Can Emulate Bayern Munich’s Success Under Pep Guardiola

Midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, believes that manager Pep Guardiola can make Manchester City a dominant force to be reckoned with in English football, in the same way that he did with Bayern Munich.

Guardiola spent three years at the helm of Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga in all of those three seasons and extending the team’s position as the best in all of Germany.

Gundogan, who joined Manchester City in the summer of 2016 as Guardiola’s first signing as the manager of City, spoke ( via the Independent) about how the former Bayern Munich boss can emulate the same kind of success at the newly crowned Premier League champions. The success that made Bayern Munich almost unbeatable in Germany.

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“I think he is one of the best coaches in the world and I’m really grateful to be able to work with him,” said the 27-year-old Gundogan, who also admitted that it will be much more difficult to create such dominance of domestic football in the Premier League.

 

“We have five or six teams who are all able to win the league and that makes it incredibly difficult. But we are ambitious and we aim to win every game. If we continue with this mentality then there’s no reason we can’t continue in this way.”

 

Gundogan struggled with a knee ligament injury in his first season at Manchester City that kept him on the sidelines for nine months, but has been a key player for Guardiola’s side since returning to full fitness in September last year.

Gundogan scored a 25th minute penalty on Saturday that helped Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspurs 3-1 at Wembley and has a total of seven goals in 35 Premier League appearances.?

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Eintracht Frankfurt Boss Given Glowing Endorsement by Former Bayern Star Ahead of Munich Arrival

Incoming Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac meets all the requirements to succeed in the hot seat at the Allianz Arena next season, according to former Bayern midfielder, Lothar Matthaus.

Kovac, currently the managerial mastermind of an Eintracht Frankfurt side who sit impressively in seventh place in the Bundesliga, is to begin his three year contract with the champions-elect in the summer.

According to? Goal, Matthaus has been keen to praise the appointment of Kovac at the helm of his former club, having eventually been handed the reigns following interest in former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.

Interestingly, the report even claims that, by president Uli Hoeness’ own admission, Kovac was in fact Bayern’s third choice appointment, behind Tuchel and current stand-in boss, Jupp Heynckes.

Matthaus, has been keen to dispel any negativity which that may circulate around the appointment of Kovac, pointing to the Croatian’s experience as a key quality. “[Kovac] has experience, he was a very good player and was the captain of the Croatia national team”, Matthaus is credited by the report as telling Omnisport.

“Bayern was looking for a German-speaking coach who is in this position and Niko Kovac has done a very good job in the last two and a half years in Frankfurt”.

Kovac’s experience could be vital stepping into the shoes of club great Heynckes, who himself succeeded a big name list of predecessors in Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti, as he once again stepped into the role in which he had previously won the league, cup and Champions League treble in 2013 before being succeeded by Guardiola later that summer.

Character, too, could be a vital managerial trait for Kovac in replacing an illustrious list of predecessors. According to Matthaus, that should not be an issue. “He has charisma, he has passion, he knows about football. He was a leader as a player and is showing this as a coach too”.

The report goes on to note that Heynckes himself has given his successor his own personal endorsement. “He does [his job] excellently, so for sure he is predestined to become coach of Bayern Munich”, the current Bayern boss said.

“He is innovative. He is a coach who loves football and who maintains good communication with his players. I think Bayern Munich made a good choice”.

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Such strong words of commendation and praise from his peers and Munich icons should fill the Bayern faithful with optimism ahead of the new man’s arrival. Kovac certainly has a job on his hands in the challenge to replicate their success at the club.?

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