Favre rules out Dante return

The centre-back was substituted after just 32 minutes in Bayern’s 3-1 win over Hannover last weekend, prompting speculation about his future

Bayern Munich defender Dante is not set for a return to Borussia Monchengladbach, according to the coach at Borussia Park, Lucien Favre.

The Brazil international has struggled for starts under Pep Guardiola this term and was substituted after just 32 minutes in Bayern’s 3-1 win over Hannover last weekend.

While Guardiola explained the decision was purely tactical and Dante also expressed his understanding of the change, speculation has been rife that Monchengladbach could be ready to re-sign the 31-year-old.

Sporting director Max Eberl explained he remains in contact with the player, but coach Favre stated there was no chance of the defender returning north.

“Dante will not come back to Gladbach. This is definitely impossible,” he told Die Welt am Sonntag.

“I do not think that Max Eberl thinks otherwise. This is just talk in the media. For me, this is ridiculous.

“It’s not just about the money. But we will not begin to dream.”

Dante left Gladbach for Bayern iin 2012 and won the treble in his first season at the club as he lifted the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal before adding a second league title to his name last season.

The centre-back has also gone on to become a full Brazil international and has made 13 appearances for the Selecao since winning his first cap in a friendly against England in January 2013.