Jupp Heynckes Believes Bayern Munich Should Have Signed Timo Werner ‘Years Ago’

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes believes that Bayern Munich should’ve signed Timo Werner whilst he was playing for VfB Stuttgart.

Speaking to Die Welt, Heynckes believes that Bayern Munich should do more in attracting the best German talent to the Allianz Arena, with Werner being a prime example.

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Heynckes said: “Bayern should have signed a player like Timo Werner from Stuttgart a few years ago. He could have learned here very well.

“You have to reach for young talents in time. The best players must play. It does not matter whether they are old or young.”

Bayern missed out on signing Werner, who signed for RB Leipzig in the summer of 2016 for €10m. 

The 21-year-old has since scored 27 goals in 40 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig, and with six international goals for Germany in just nine games, Werner has become one of the hottest properties in world football. 

Heynckes, who took charge of Bayern Munich for a fourth time following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, also believes that Die Roten need to compete with the world’s elite with big-name signings that can aid the development of the youth players at the club, which he believes is paramount for the future of the club.

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He continued, stating: “As I said, you have to look after good, young players in a timely fashion. You have to challenge, speak, lead and motivate them.

“I am also of the opinion that Bayern must develop its own talented players with that special something in order to compete at the highest level.”

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Anthony Modeste Open to Bundesliga Return But Rules Out Playing Second Fiddle at Bayern

Former FC Köln striker Anthony Modeste is refusing to rule out a return to the German top flight just five months after leaving the Bundesliga to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian for £31m.

The 29-year-old, who has also had spells with TSG Hoffenheim and Blackburn Rovers, has scored seven goals in eight games since moving to China, continuing his fine goalscoring form from last season.

However, while the in-form forward is open to a return to Germany, he has quashed any ideas of a move to Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich.

“I’m not someone who sits on the bench behind [Robert] Lewandowski,” Modeste told Express, ruling himself out of a move to Jupp Heynckes side. “You can train as well as you want, you are always his replacement.

“I am 29 years old and have no time to lose. Although I would be German champion with Bayern, I would not like it.

“A footballer always wants to play. Even now, when I am in Cologne for two months in the Chinese seasonal break, I would, of course, like to go to the Geissbockheim [Köln‘s training ground] and work with the boys and play football.”

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Modeste, who scored 25 Bundesliga goals last season, has been sorely missed at the RheinEnergieStadion this season. 

Despite forking out £15m on Jhon Córdoba over the summer to replace Modeste, the Colombian has failed to adapt to like at Köln and the Billy Goats find themselves in a relegation battle this season.

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Mats Hummels ‘Torn’ Over Potential Appointment of 30-Year-Old Hoffenheim Boss at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich centre-back Mats Hummels has said that he is still in two minds over the possibility of 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann being appointed as manager of the club at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old defender told Bild (via Goal) that it is possible that the current TSG Hoffenheim manager could succeed at the Allianz Arena. However, the two-year age gap is something that the former Borussia Dortmund defender is struggling to overlook.

“I’m torn because he is just two years older than me. But I do not think it’s impossible,” Hummels said.

The trend is currently towards tactical foxes who play four or five systems, but if you now see Jupp Heynckes, who simply demands and wants to see just this one thing – it can work that way.

There are different approaches. I’m definitely a fan of giving a German-speaking team a German-speaking coach.”

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Hummels also opened up about Bayern’s current manager Jupp Heynckes’ secret to success, the 72-year-old taking charge of the club for the fourth time following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in Bavaria.

Discipline. The clear structure is good for the boys, and he’s definitely brought in a new team spirit,” the German international added.

He has also said to me things very directly, what he demands, what he expects of me.”

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Bayern Munich Defender Jerome Boateng the Latest to Slam Former Boss Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern Munich centre back Jerome Boateng has been the latest player to slam former Bavarians boss Carlo Ancelotti following a number of teammates doing so in the fallout of the Italian’s sacking. 

Since the 58-year-old’s departure in September, less than 24 hours removed from their embarrassing 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, a number of Reds stars have spoken out about their experience in working with the 58-year-old. 

Ahead of the humbling at the Parc des Princes just over two months ago, the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus manager omitted five first-team regulars in his starting XI, in what now seemed to be one final punishment for those he did not see eye to eye with. 

Boateng has since explained the feelings of those amongst the dressing room as the team was announced, a decision they were only informed of less than two hours before kick off. 

“It was really odd”, the Germany international told hone nation news outlet Suddeutsche Zeiting

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“Five of us were suddenly told in the team room — without any explanation — 90 minutes before the game that we weren’t playing. 

“You can say that the players in question were shocked.”

Perhaps most vocal of the Allianz Arena contingent since Ancelotti’s departure has been midfielder Arjen Robben, who stated his 11-year-old son’s training sessions had a higher intensity of those overseen by the Italian. 

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Boateng subtly agreed with his teammate, and offered the possible connection that the plague of injuries he has suffered in recent years could well have been instigated by the 58-year-old’s match preparation schedule.

“It can never be proven that one is linked to the other, but let’s just say we trained differently [under Ancelotti] than how we were used to”, the West Berlin defender said. 

“As a player, you know whether you are 100 percent or not.”

Since the experienced manager’s departure former Bayern boss, Jupp Heynckes has returned for his fourth stint with the club, and Boateng is grateful to have him back. 

“Heynckes is more than the coach with whom we won the treble with in 2013”, the centre back added. 

“We spoke on the telephone regularly following his departure. He’s one of the few who got in touch when it was not going so well for me, for example during my time out with injuries. 

“His dignified manner has played a huge role in our present success. Every player is considered part of the group, and he makes everyone feel important. 

“That gives us players the feeling that we wish to give something back to this man.”

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8 of the Worst Crimes Against Traditional Squad Numbers in Football History

Long gone are the days when football clubs numbered their starting lineup from one to eleven. Now, players have the power to select their own squad numbers when they join a club.

Most are sensible and are given numbers appropriate to that player’s position. Number one is still given to goalkeepers, and forwards still often desire numbers like nine or ten. 

But sometimes those numbers are not available for selection and some bizarre decisions are made. Some players get creative with their selections, others get ludicrous. Some of these kit numbers are frankly criminal to those who prefer a more traditional numbering system. 

Here are eight of the biggest crimes against kit numbers in football… 

8. Ronaldinho, AC Milan: Number 80

When Brazilian midfield maestro Ronaldinho signed for Milan in 2008, he had an issue. His preferred number of choice, the number 10, was already worn by Clarence Seedorf. 

Instead of insisting on taking Seedorf’s number, Ronaldinho chose number 80 – the year of his birth. 

In doing so, Ronaldinho started a trend in Milan of players wearing their birth year as a kit number. Mathieu Flamini chose 84, and Andriy Shevchenko was 76. 

7. William Gallas, Arsenal: Number 10

There is something about a defender wearing a traditionally attacking player’s kit number which just feels wrong. It felt especially wrong for centre-back William Gallas to take the number at Arsenal, considering who wore it before him.

Dennis Bergkamp, one of the greatest players to ever play for Arsenal, was the number 10 before he retired in 2006. His iconic shirt number was given to a defender. 

Manager Arsene Wenger defended the decision by saying he did not want to give an attacking player the pressure of Bergkamp’s number. But still, William Gallas?

6. Nicklas Bendtner, Wolfsburg: Number 3

Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner is guilty of two crimes against kit numbers in his career.

The first came at Arsenal when just before the 2009/2010 season, he quickly changed his number from 26 to 52 because it was a lucky number for him. He apologised to fans who had bought his jersey with the number 26 and said he would personally reimburse them.

But the second came in 2014 when he moved to Wolfsburg. Despite being a forward, he picked the number three shirt which is traditionally worn by defenders. However he didn’t do because number three was a significant number for him, apparently he let his mum pick it for him! 

5. Clint Dempsey, Tottenham: Number 2

During his time at Fulham, American Clint Dempsey was number 23. But when he got his big move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2012, he opted for a change. This time he chose the number two shirt for Spurs.

Typically a defender’s number, it was unusual to see it on the back of a forward’s shirt. Outside of football, Dempsey’s other passion hip hop music, where his rapper nickname is ‘Deuce’. At Spurs he was finally ‘Deuce’ both off and on the pitch.

4. Bixente Lizarazu, Bayern Munich: Number 69

When French left-back Bixente Lizarazu returned to Bayern Munich in 2005 he had a choice. Does he pick a shirt number traditionally fitting of a left-back? Or something completely absurd? 

He opted for the latter and selected number, ahem, 69. 

His reasoning? It was because he was born in 1969, his height was 1.69m and he weighed 69kg. It was definitely not for the other reason you are thinking of.

3. Hicham Zerouali, Aberdeen: Number 0

Hicham Zerouali is guilty of a kit crime so bizarre that the Scottish and English Premier Leagues passed a law to stop from happening ever again. 

The Moroccan striker had the nickname Zero, which comes from his surname. Naturally, he picked his shirt number as zero when he joined Aberdeen in 1999. 

The number was outlawed the following season.

2. Edgar Davids, Barnet: Number 1

In 2012, ageing Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids joined League Two side Barnet. He was placed in a player-manager role alongside Mark Robson. 

When Robson left the club in December 2012, Davids was placed solely in charge of the team and seemingly left to do what he wanted. The following season he announced he would wear the number one shirt.

He said he wanted to start a trend of midfielders wearing the number traditionally worn by goalkeepers. It did not catch on.

1. Ivan Zamorano, Inter Milan: Number 1+8

Ivan Zamorano represents a player truly dedicated to his kit number. The Chilean was Inter Milan’s number nine, until the arrival of Roberto Baggio from Bologna in 1998. 

Baggio insisted on wearing the number 10 shirt, but the Brazilian Ronaldo already wore that number. Chaos ensued. Baggio was granted number 10, and Ronaldo was given Zamorano’s number 9.

But Zamorano had a clever solution. In order to remain Inter’s number nine, he chose number 18 but put a ‘plus’ sign between the two numbers. Genius, but also utterly ridiculous. 

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