Official: Emre Can leaves Bayern for Leverkusen

The holding midfielder is seen as one of Germany’s most talented youngsters and will be looking to gain valuable first team action at his new club

Bayer Leverkusen have announced on their official website that they have secured the services of promising youngster Emre Can from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder, 19, was keen to leave the Allianz Arena due to the stiff competition for places at the club and will now continue his career at the BayArena after signing a four-year deal with the Werkself.

“Bayer Leverkusen are one of the top teams in the Bundesliga and play in the Champions League as well. I want to play my part in helping the team to success in each competition they compete in in the years to come,” Can said.

Bayern have an option to re-sign the Germany Under-21 international for a set fee at some point in the future and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge feels joining Leverkusen is the right move for Can at this stage of his career.

“Emre Can is one of the biggest talents in German football. We’ve taken this step to ensure he gains sufficient match practice, as we’ve done in the past with the likes of Toni Kroos at Leverkusen, Philipp Lahm with Stuttgart and David Alaba at Hoffenheim,” Rummenigge commented on the move.

Can made his official Bayern debut in the 2012 DFL Supercup, but has since failed to secure regular first team action for the Bavarians.

Gotze resumes full training

The attacking midfielder has been out of action ever since late April, but is one step closer to his comeback after setting foot on the training pitch again

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has received some encouraging news on the injury front ahead of the start of the new Bundesliga season as Mario Gotze has resumed squad training on Friday.

The Germany international, who joined Bayern from BVB for €37 million this summer, sustained a muscular problem in BVB’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid last term and has been out of action since.

Gotze was forced to watch the competition’s final from the stands due to his physical problems and also missed the opening weeks of Bayern’s pre-season.

Nevertheless, it appears to be a matter of time before the 21-year-old makes his first appearance for the reigning Bundesliga champions following his return to regular training action this week.

The attacking midfielder will not yet feature in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal match against Schwarz-Weiss Rehden on Monday and is unlikely to make the match squad for Saturday’s Bundesliga opener versus Borussia Monchengladbach.

A comeback in the away match against Eintracht Frankfurt on August 17 could be a realistic target for Gotze, though.

Guardiola: Trophies not all that matter

The successful trainer is adamant that winning trophies is not the most important part of his job as his focus lies on making players better

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that he cares more about improving his players than about winning silverware.

The 42-year-old guided Barcelona to 14 trophies during his four-year spell in charge of the Catalans to become one of the most successful coaches in history.

However, the former Spain international has stressed that improving individual players is a bigger incentive to him than celebrating titles.

“Winning titles is obviously nice, but that’s not what it’s all about in the end,” Guardiola told reporters.

“What matters to me is that your players tell you at some point: ‘Coach, you have really helped me become a better player. I have learned a lot from you’. That’s what makes me happy.”

Guardiola replaced Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach this summer after a one-year sabbatical following his Barcelona departure in 2012.

Bayern not good enough, says Muller

The 23-year-old knows his team must improve if they are to have any hopes of repeating last season’s treble success

Thomas Muller conceded that Bayern Munich were simply not good enough in Saturday’s 4-2 Super Cup loss to Borussia Dortmund.

The Bavarians were favourites to retain the trophy going into the game on the back of a fine pre-season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side responded and ran out deserving winners.

“We were pretty disorganised after equalising and that lasted a few minutes after we conceded the two goals as well,” the 23-year-old told reporters. “I noticed that everyone seemed to be occupying a different position. After that, we managed to regain our structure.

“When push came to shove and it mattered most, we weren’t able to do the things that would have won us the match.

“It clearly means we were doing something wrong. I’ll need to take another good look at the whole thing. On the positive side we didn’t let up, just as we hadn’t after going 1-0 behind. After being 3-1 down, we came back again. We pressed forward, got caught on the break and conceded a fourth goal.

“I can live with that, but we really needed to hold our shape better, especially when it was 1-1. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, but it’s not good enough.”

Despite the outcome, Muller is confident that the game was a one-off result and believes the club will be fine moving forward.

He added: “Which game ever implies anything about the future? Any match can take a turn for the unexpected, however well things have been going beforehand. On top of that, we didn’t play badly against Dortmund. We just weren’t good enough to win the game on the night.

“Up until the Super Cup, our preparations were going really well, also in terms of results. But any team can be beaten if they don’t perform at their best, ourselves included. And that applies even more when you’re playing Dortmund, who are a great team as well.

“If you take last season’s Champions League as the guide, they’re the second-best side in Europe. So we didn’t lose the Super Cup to any old team. Although that said, we’d still rather have won it!”

Wolfsburg confirm Luiz Gustavo pursuit

Die Wolfe are chasing the Bayern Munich midfielder and see the Brazil international as an ideal addition to the squad this summer

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Alloffs says Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo would fit in excellently at the club.

Die Roten signed Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona for €20 million, adding even more competition to the already packed midfield at Sabener Strasse.

Aware that Luiz Gustavo’s first-team appearances could suffer, Alloffs is keen to lure the Brazilian to the ambitious Niedersachsen outfit.

“When the speculations about Bayern having too many midfielders came up, we said that Luiz Gustavo would be a player who’d fit us very well in terms of his quality,” Alloffs told SID.

“However, initially there are a lot of obstacles standing in a way in order to complete a deal. We already talked to his agent and informed Bayern about our interest, but so far, that’s all.”

Meanwhile, coach Dieter Hecking confirmed that die Wolfe have begun chasing for the 26-year-old’s signature but admits they are still far away from reaching an agreement.

“We have told Bayern about our interest in Gustavo,” Hecking said. “However, I’m a coach and a realist. First and foremost, Bayern would have to talk to the player and they can always say that he’s going to stay.”

Gustavo arrived at the Allianz Arena in 2011, but has since struggled to establish himself as a regular, first-team player.