Marc Overmars Provides Update on Hakim Ziyech’s Future Amid Bayern Munich Interest

Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars has stated that Hakim Ziyech could be set to stay at the club this summer, despite recent speculation linking him with a move to Bayern. 

Ziyech scored 19 goals and assisted a further 16 in all competitions for Ajax last season, as the Dutch side surpassed all expectations and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, narrowly losing to Tottenham in the dying seconds of the second leg. 

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Their remarkable run included two-legged victories over European giants ?Real Madrid and ?Juventus, with Ziyech playing a key role in their success. The Moroccan, in tandem with Dusan Tadic, was the main source of creativity and goals, catching the eye of many neutrals. 

Overmars, therefore, is confused why Ziyech isn’t more highly sought-after. Speaking to ?AD, he stated: ”I am a little surprised that things are still so quiet around Hakim. I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good. Many clubs are increasingly looking at that. 

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”They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him. I think Hakim is better than Mesut Özil. I would say: sell it and you will get Hakim for half. But they didn’t listen to me. So it could just be that he stays with Ajax.”

Overmars also touched on Matthijs de Ligt’s imminent transfer to ?Juventus. The 19-year-old captained Ajax to a domestic double last season, and had been linked to both ?Manchester United and ?Barcelona heavily before a reported £60m fee was agreed with the Serie A champions. 

Overmars explained: ”The end of Matthijs de Ligt’s transfer is in sight. We’re awaiting bank guarantees because we are very strict with this at Ajax. Hopefully, things will progress, but I think there will be no further obstructions. They are Italians.” 

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7 Football Managers Who Have Taken Charge of Fierce Rivals

?It doesn’t sound like the greatest idea to take charge of two football teams that detest each other’s existence.

Steve Bruce doesn’t care. Steve Bruce does what Steve Bruce wants and right now he wants the Newcastle United job. He knows he is going to get torn to shreds by Sunderland fans, who will show no mercy on social media.

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The ?Sheffield Wednesday boss also knows that he’s unlikely to face the ?Black Cats anytime soon as they languish in the third tier of English football, while the ?Magpies comfortably secured their top flight safety for 2019/20. 

Then again, Sunderland supporters may be hoping he achieves exactly the same levels of success at St. James’ Park as he did at the Stadium of Light, that would do them mighty fine, indeed.

To celebrate this weird and wonderful managerial transfer, here’s a look at seven bosses who coached fierce footballing foes.


Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce

Clubs: Birmingham City and Aston Villa

Yep, this won’t be the first time Brucey has infuriated fans by switching allegiances. The former centre-back spent six years in the ?Birmingham City hot-seat in the early 21st-century, leading the Blues to ?Premier League promotion mere months into his St. Andrew’s stint.

He would take them to 13th place in their first season back amongst the best, though the real prize was finishing above ?Aston Villa, the only time they have done so in the last 44 years. The northerner kept his side in the top division for four campaigns before taking them back there in 2007, 12 months on from their initial relegation.

Bruce would return to the Midlands nine years after leaving Birmingham for Wigan Athletic, via stops at Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Hull City, though things were far less enjoyable this time as he struggled to lift the Villans out of mid-table obscurity in the ?Championship having lost the playoff final in May 2018. 

He was sacked that October, taking a brief break from the game thereafter, until Wednesday came knocking.


Brian Clough

Brian Clough and Peter Taylor

Clubs: Derby County & Nottingham Forest

Considered by some – including himself – to be the finest manager in the history of the sport, Clough worked miracles at both ?Derby and ?Forest, with a nightmare 44 days at ?Leeds United and a quiet spell at Brighton in between.

The maverick masterminded a stunning achievement for the Rams, who lay in the second tier on his arrival. Three seasons after he led them to promotion, Clough would oversee a title triumph for the side.

Amazingly, his accomplishments with Derby are dwarfed by what he did at the City Ground, the Yorkshireman again taking the reins of a club one step below the top of the footballing pyramid. 

The Tricky Trees were crowned as champions of England the year immediately following their escape from the Second Division. The year after that, they lifted the European Cup. And the year after that, they lifted it again!


Jose Mourinho

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Clubs: Chelsea & Manchester United

‘The Special One’ was always going to manage two clubs that hate each other; it’s the most Mourinho thing he can do. Well, that or have a complete and utter meltdown, simultaneously bringing the most successful team in the country to its knees.

That pretty much sums up his final few months at ?Manchester United, although it also applies to his last days at Stamford Bridge (just change it to ‘one of the most successful teams’). With ?Chelsea, the Portuguese set a new Premier League points record and kick-started a new era for the Blues.

Of course, no Chelsea coach can hold the job for more than two-and-a-half years in a row, so he went to ply his trade on the continent for a bit, returning in 2013 to take his trophy haul in England to seven. 

He would add another League Cup to that tally when he joined United in 2016, only to watch his powers fail him as the Red Devils’ post-Fergie slump reached its lowest ebb with the club becoming a bit of a laughing stock.


Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce

Clubs: Newcastle United & Sunderland

Bruce was lynched for signing on at Villa by both his new supporters and those of Birmingham, whereas Clough and Mourinho were given the benefit of the doubt by fans of their respective sides.

Allardyce’s time at Sunderland is comparable to the latter pair. A fortnight into the Black Cats job, he had tripled their meagre points total – which had stood at three after eight matches – and delivered a hugely satisfying 3-0 victory over his old employers, Newcastle.

Big Sam hadn’t had a particularly enjoyable spell with the Magpies, so would have taken great pleasure when another 3-0 win, this time versus ?Everton, confirmed Newcastle’s relegation and ensured his men would stay afloat.


Owen Coyle

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Clubs: Burnley & Bolton Wanderers

Judas – that’s the harsh tag the ?Burnley faithful attached to Coyle when he switched to their enemies ?Bolton Wanderers midway through the 2009/10 season, the Clarets’ debut Premier League campaign.

The Scot had been nothing short of sensational for the Turf Moor outfit, turning them from Championship basement-battlers to a top-flight side in two seasons. And yet, he was coaxed away by the Trotters with the promise of greater security.

How Burnley supporters must have chuckled when their one-time saviour took a well-established first division team and left them relegated and demoralised, perhaps never to return to the promised land.


Massimiliano Allegri

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Clubs: AC Milan & Juventus

Northern Italy has played host to a remarkable rivalry between two giants of football, a war that has been waged since the beginning of last century. ?Juventus have taken a stranglehold in recent years after winning their eighth ?Serie A title in May and their fifth under the watchful eye of Allegri.

The 51-year-old is also the last man to lift the Scudetto for a club other than the Bianconeri, collecting the trophy in 2011 with ?Milan. That was their 18th Italian crown, taking them to within nine of their enemies. 

The gap is cavernous now, courtesy of Allegri and his peerless Juve team, though the Rossoneri will take comfort from his constant failure in the ?Champions League. The San Siro side have seven European Cups, overshadowing Juventus and their brace of continental victories.


Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ottmar Hitzfeld

Clubs: Borussia Dortmund & Bayern Munich

Hitzfeld made his name with ?Dortmund, spending six glorious seasons at the Westfalenstadion. The Champions League was delivered to the madcap BVB fans in 1997, while a pair of ?Bundesliga triumphs and a DFB Pokal were also won during the German’s tenure.

Then ?Bayern poached him in 1998, where his talents helped revitalise an ailing squad, earning them nine major honours, including another European Cup for Hitzfeld, though he took a two-year sojourn in between a couple of stints in Bavaria.


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Bayern Munich Closing in on €30m Hakim Ziyech After Missing Out on Other Targets

?Bayern Munich are reportedly close to completing a deal for Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, having grown frustrated in their respective pursuits of Leroy Sane and Ousmane Dembele as well as Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Die Roten are searching for a new wide forward to electrify their squad following the departures of club legends Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben over the summer. Niko Kovac had initially considered a move for Ziyech before looking at other targets.

Bayern have now re-opened negotiations with the Eredivisie champions, with SportBild (via ?Bladna) writing that the Germans will meet the Moroccan’s €30m valuation.

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Ziyech was immense for Ajax as they came within a matter of seconds of a ?Champions League final, as Lucas Moura slotted home a 96th-minute goal to send ?Tottenham Hotspur through at the Dutchmen’s expense.

Spurs’ north London rivals ?Arsenal were also interested in signing the winger, but ?baulked at the asking price despite the general consensus that the fee being touted is a clear bargain.

Ziyech allegedly favoured a switch to the Emirates Stadium, but is now likely to settle in Bavaria after ?Bayern’s technical director Hasan Salihamidži? met the former’s agent Mustapha Nakhli to discuss a transfer.

The Allianz Arena side were thought to be targeting deals for either Dembele or Sane, though it is understood that ?City and ?Barça have each informed their German counterparts that the duo are not up for sale.

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Ziyech was hugely underwhelming at the African Cup of Nations this summer as his nation were dumped out in the quarter-finals by Benin, yet his form in Amsterdam last term proved his immense talents.

It wouldn’t be at all surprising if this one comes to fruition given Die Roten’s need for a new player like the 26-year-old and the lack of progress regarding Sane and Dembele, whilst Arsenal will likely struggle to fund a move as they continue to track Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney.

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Bayern Munich Kit: adidas Unveil Sleek White Away Jersey Ahead of 2019/20 Season

Bayern Munich have released their sleek new adidas white away kit for the 2019/20 season.

The kit, which features a base layer of white with a pattern of grey blocks at the bottom, has the iconic three stripes in grey alongside the words “Mia san Mia” on the back- the club’s slogan that means “we are who we are.”

Fronting the campaign were the trio of Serge Gnabry, David Alaba and Javi Martinez with the likes of Niklas Süle and Kingsley Coman also seen modelling the new jersey on the adidas and Bayern Munich online stores.

The away kit is complemented by light grey shorts and white socks with Die Roten opting to have a huge contrast from their home kit, which is dripped in red.

Naturally, the jersey offers the latest in peak performance innovation, including’ ‘CLIMALITE technology’, which helps to wick the sweat from your body, and it is made from 100% polyester.

The polyester is recycled to save resources and decrease emissions with the ?Bundesliga club wanting to help protect the planet, which is highlighted by the 2018/19 Champions League kit that was made of recycled plastic.

The new ?Bayern away kit will be available to purchase exclusively from adidas, club stores and online from July 14th. 

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Bayern Munich Ready £45m Bid for Callum Hudson-Odoi Despite Frank Lampard’s Call for Him to Stay

Bayern Munich are preparing a fresh £45m bid for Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi, with their lengthy pursuit of the 18-year-old set to continue for a little while longer.

The Bundesliga giants went public with their desires to sign Hudson-Odoi in January, lodging bids worth up to £35m for his services. However, Chelsea rebuffed their advances and have pushed to tie the wonderkid down to a new contract.

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It seemed as if the ?Blues might finally have fought ?Bayern off but, according to the ?Daily Mail, the Bavarians are ready to test Chelsea’s resolve with a new bid worth £45m.

Bayern see Hudson-Odoi as the perfect player to lead them into the future following the departures of both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery this summer, and they are eager to take advantage of his contract uncertainty – he has just 12 months to run on his current deal – by lodging yet another bid.

Manager Frank Lampard has made no secret of his ?desire to see Hudson-Odoi sign a new contract, suggesting that the 18-year-old could be an integral part of Chelsea’s squad, both now and in the future.

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Chelsea have never wanted to sell Hudson-Odoi, but their hand may be forced as they risk losing him for minimal compensation if he were to agree a free transfer away from Stamford Bridge in January.

Bayern are known to be ?eager to lure the teenager away for free, but it appears as though Niko Kovac wants Hudson-Odoi as part of his squad as soon as possible.

Fortunately for the Blues, he is thought to be ?keen on extending his stay with Chelsea after positive talks with Lampard, although whether his head will again be turned by Bayern remains to be seen. He was desperate to seal a move to Germany in January, and joining Bayern may still have the same appeal to him.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Widely viewed as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Chelsea’s successful academy, Hudson-Odoi is currently recovering from an Achilles injury which derailed his promotion to the first team.

He is not part of the Blues’ pre-season squad as a result of his fitness, although it is believed that Lampard is prepared to build his side around Hudson-Odoi once he returns.

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