Bayern would love to sign Rooney, admits Beckenbauer

Mar 12, 2013 8:45:00 AM

The Bavarian giants’ honorary president would welcome the signing of the Manchester United striker, whom he once described as “one of the world’s greatest players”

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Franz Beckenbauer says that he would love for Bayern Munich to sign Wayne Rooney.

Speculation surrounding the Manchester United forward’s future has been rife ever since he was left out of the starting line-up by Sir Alex Ferguson for the Red Devils’ Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid and, as exclusively revealed by, the striker has told team-mates that he could leave in the summer.

The Bundesliga outfit’s honorary president has been a long-term admirer of Rooney, once describing him as “one of the world’s greatest players”.

“I would be very happy for Wayne Rooney to come to Bayern,” the German World Cup-winning captain told reporters.

Pep Guardiola is set to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena at the beginning of next season and is likely to be given a substantial transfer budget to improve his alread formidable squad.

But United legend Bobby Charlton is confident that Sir Alex has absolutely no intention of letting Rooney, who has scored 15 goals in 30 games for the Red Devils this season, leave Old Trafford, while the manager himself has also denied that his star will be sold.

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Pizarro: I would love to stay at Bayern

The former Chelsea forward insists he has never wanted to play for any other side, though he acknowledges he needs more game time at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro insists he would love to remain at the club, despite his lack of playing time this season.

The 34-year-old has made just 12 appearances in the Bundesliga in 2012/13, with a further six coming in the side’s DFB-Pokal and Champions League campaigns.

But despite sitting behind Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gomez in the pecking order, Pizarro has revealed he has never wanted to play anywhere but the Allianz Arena, even during his brief spells with Chelsea and Werder Bremen in recent seasons.

“I would love to stay,” he told AZ. “I wanted to stay here forever, even when I went to Chelsea.”

Despite his insistence that he wants to remain with Jupp Heynckes’ side, Pizarro has acknowledged he needs more playing time in order to sustain his sharpness.

“I need more games,” he declared. “I have had no practice.”

Pizarro is one of the names linked with a move away from the Bundesliga leaders this summer, when Pep Guardiola assumes control of the first team.

The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Neymar have been linked with a switch to die Roten ahead of next season, meaning the Lima-born forward could still be forced to look elsewhere for first-team football.

Leitner cools talk of Champions League glory

The 20-year-old defender is hesitant to discuss how far Dortmund can reach in the competition and says an all-German quarter-final would “be cool”

Borussia Dortmund defender Moritz Leitner says the team are erring on the side of caution regarding their Champions League aspirations ahead of Friday’s quarter-final draw.

The German giants emerged as Group D winner’s having beaten Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid en route to the round of 16, before comfortably dispatching Shakhtar Donestsk 5-2 on aggregate.

However, despite rubbing shoulders with some of Europe’s elite clubs, the 20-year-old has played down talk of Dortmund going all the way.

“Talk of the winning the Champions League at this moment is difficult. The title is more of a dream,” he told

“For now we are looking to whoever we are drawn against on Friday. We must show we can compete with our quarter-final opponents for 180 minutes.

“If we talk of the title now and our talk does not match our performance, then that would be very, very stupid.”

There could as many as three German teams in the pot for Friday’s draw, with Bayern – 3-1 up against Arsenal after the first leg – hot favourites to progress to the quarter-finals, and Schalke taking an away-goal into Tuesday’s clash with Galatasaray.

“Should it be Bayern or Schalke [we are drawn against], it would certainly be a different feeling, because we have only played international teams,” he added.

“But a German duel would also be cool for the Bundesliga and it would show the quality of the league.”

Bayern won't take Arsenal lightly, says Muller

Die Roten hold a 3-1 lead going into the return leg of their Champions League with the Gunners, but the 23-year-old says complacency will not be an issue

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is aware that his side could encounter problems should they approach their Champions League tie with Arsenal with the wrong attitude.

The first-leg fixture at the Emirates Stadium in February resulted in a 3-1 success for Jupp Heynckes’ men, and the Germany international is certain focus will be key going into the second leg on Wednesday.

“I don’t have any worries that we might take the match too lightly,” the 23-year-old told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

“We will step on the gas. Even if something will go wrong in the match, we should be able to pick ourselves up.”

Meanwhile, Dante says he will have no problems with motivation against the Gunners, and said he would rather avoid Real Madrid should his side in the quarter-final.

“Before big matches like the one against Arsenal, I’m usually calm, because motivation come on its own,” the Brazilian told Kicker.

“Madrid are currently in good form. However, we’re at Bayern, we don’t talk about which opponents we would prefer.”