Muller: I am not as good as Messi

The Germany international feels he’s not on par with the Barcelona star just yet and is desperate to win more silverware with Bayern

Thomas Muller remains humble following his fine performances for Bayern Munich this season and has stressed that he is not on the same level as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The Germany international netted as many goals as the Barcelona star this Champions League campaign, but he has insisted that does not mean he’s on par with the Argentine, despite Jupp Heynckes’ suggestions that he is a front-runner for the Ballon d’Or.

“That I scored as many Champions League goals as him does not make me as good as Messi,” Muller was quoted as saying by Bild. “I’m just pleased to see that having the qualities I possess is enough to be successful in the Champions League.

“I am not one to crave the attention, though. I just want to win titles with the team.”

Muller won a historic treble with Bayern this term and he is hopeful that they will win even more silverware in the years to come.

“We have been very successful in Germany, too. And we will be the team to beat both in Europe and domestically. That will be a nice challenge.

“The core of this team can still go on for three to four years and we want to make the most of it.”

Robben an example to follow, says Van Persie

The former Arsenal forward has singled out his fellow Netherlands international as an example of how fast things can change in football

Manchester United star Robin van Persie feels compatriot Arjen Robben is an example to follow in the wake of his remarkable resurgence at Bayern Munich.

Robben went through a difficult period in 2012 as Bayern missed out on the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal and Champions League within the space of just a few weeks, only to then lose his starting berth at the Bavarians early in the 2012-13 campaign.

However, the winger fought back in 2013 and eventually played a key role in Bayern’s treble-win this season as he netted the winner in the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

“What Robben did shows you that things can change really quickly in football,” Van Persie told Xinhua.

“Arjen had a hard time a couple of months ago as he was not really playing. And then a couple of months later he has three trophies in his pocket. So that’s how quick football life can go.

“You always have a second chance to make things right, fight for trophies again and for your place on the team. In other words, just to enjoy football again. I think Arjen showed that.

“He is a great example for everyone just to keep going even though sometimes it is not going your way. Just keep going and keep on working hard and things can change quickly in football.”

Van Persie won his first major trophy since winning the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2004-05 this season as he guided Manchester United to the Premier League title.

Ribery & Van Buyten extend Bayern deals

The French winger looks set to spend at least a decade at the Allianz Arena, while his veteran team-mate has been rewarded with a one-year extension

Franck Ribery and Daniel Van Buyten have put pen to paper on extension deals with Bayern Munich, the club have confirmed.

The French winger, who has been at the Allianz Arena club since 2007, has extended his deal until 2017, while the Belgian’s one-year contract will see him remain a Roten player for at least another season.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes that the duo played their part in an extraordinary 2013 so far, which saw them become the first German club to win the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in a single campaign.

“They are two important cornerstones of our team and will continue to be part of it,” he told the club’s official website.

“Franck and Daniel have achieved a lot in recent seasons. [These deals are] thanks to both of them, as they have often made the difference – especially in crucial games.”

Ribery has been sounded out by outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes as a Ballon d’Or front-runner following his performances in 2012-13, the crowning moment of which was beating Borussia Dortmund at Wembley to be crowned European champions.

Compared to the 30-year-old Frenchman, who has been a permanent feature in Bayern’s attack, Van Buyten’s role has largely been covering for injuries in the centre of defence – a role the 35-year-old has performed well.

The deals look set to ensure both players have futures in Pep Guardiola’s reign at the Bavarian club, which is expected to start on June 21.

Gomez will leave Bayern, says agent

The striker’s representative has stated that he has set his sights on a move away from the Bundesliga champions after losing his starting berth

Mario Gomez’s agent Uli Ferber has revealed that the prolific striker is likely to leave Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.

The Germany international has lost his starting berth to Mario Mandzukic and has been linked with clubs such as Fiorentina and Napoli in recent weeks, while he has supposedly caught the attention of a number of Premier League sides, too.

Ferber has now admitted that a summer move is a realistic option, although Gomez has yet to make a final decision on his future.

“Mario is clearly leaning toward a move away from Bayern,” the striker’s representative told Kicker.

“We have not made a final decision on which club he wants to join, though.”

Gomez, 27, has netted 113 goals in 174 official appearances for Bayern since joining them from Stuttgart in the summer of 2009.

The striker’s current deal with the European champions runs until the summer of 2016.

Rafinha keen on Schalke return, says Tonnies

The Bayern Munich right-back spent five years in Gelsenkirchen and would love to move back, according to the club’s chairman

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies believes Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha would like to rejoin the club this summer.

The Brazilian full-back has found himself marginalised at the Allianz Arena over the course of the season, while the Gelsenkirchen giants have been widely linked with a move for a right-sided defender.

And although the player insists that he is eager to work with Pep Guardiola next season, Tonnies believes he could return to the Veltins Arena.

“We have a very good relationship as far as I’m concerned. The clubs have worked well together in the past, we are always friendly,” Tonnies told TZ.

“I think after the meeting with Rafinha, it is very certain that he would like to return to Schalke, this is his family.

“Obviously the deal depends on the basic considerations of our sporting department.”

Rafinha left Schalke for Genoa in 2010 but made the move to Bayern after just one year in Italy.