Mark van Bommel Leading Contender to Be Named New Bayern Munich Sporting Director

Ex-Netherlands midfielder ?Mark van Bommel is the favourite to be named Bayern Munich’s new sporting director, ?Eurosport have reported.

The Dutchman played for the Bavarian club from 2006 to 2011, when he left for AC Milan after a disagreement with coach Louis van Gaal.

A combative midfielder during his playing days, Van Bommel is believed to be the preferred candidate of Bayern president Uli Hoeness.

Hoeness and Van Bommel have established a close friendship, and the club president has already tried to bring him to the club as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant coach.

The 40-year-old is currently under-19 coach for Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, but is likely to accept a new role with Bayern.

Hoeness recently revealed that Bayern are expecting to have announced a new sporting director “within the next six weeks”.

“I think that we will present a sports director in the near future,” he said. “Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have had a lot of long trips to China, and we have talked.”

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Van Bommel himself has in the past openly expressed an interest in one day returning to Bayern.

“FC Bayern always excites me, I have always felt very comfortable, but unfortunately the paths have been separated since 2011,” he said last year. “I do not know what the future will bring – but I can imagine it, if there is room for me. It is always an interesting option for me to think about.”

Van Bommel, who speaks a number of languages including German, English and Spanish, has a reputation at Bayern and wide ranging footballing connections.




?Inter Milan Target Serie A Title With Sensational €50m Approach for Bayern Munich Star Arturo Vidal

Internazionale look set to offer €50m for Bayern Munich’s midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal as Inter’s ambitious Chinese owners target league titles and Champions League football, according to reports in Italy.

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has reportedly stressed to Nerazzurri’s wealthy Chinese owners Suning that the San Siro club need to bring in a world class midfielder in order to challenge for the Champions League spots, and tackle Juventus’ dominance in Serie A.

According to a ?Calciomercato report, with bitter rivals AC Milan having already spent over £160m overhauling their squad this summer, Inter’s owners are anxious to prove that Le Beamatta can attract top signings with a move for Vidal.

The former Colo-Colo star has won back to back titles with Bayern Munich since his arrival in 2015, and his dynamic performances have prompted overtures from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Bayern are reportedly reluctant to sell the combative former Juventus midfielder, with Thiago Alcantara’s long term injury problems and Xabi Alonso’s retirement leaving Die Bayern short of midfield options, should he leave.


Addressing rumours that the 30-year-old could leave the Allianz Arena this summer, Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti said;

“For Vidal, there is no way. He’s our player and I have a lot of confidence in him.

“I know there are rumours and we’re used to rumours. He’ll stay with us 100 per cent – I’m confident about that.”




Bayern Manager Ancelotti Showers Praise on Club’s New Loanee

?Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has aired his views on the Bavarian’s new loanee James Rodgriguez.

In a Twitter post by the club, the veteran Italian coach praised his team’s temporary singing from Madrid, saying that he is “a fantastic player”.

Ancelotti also highlighted the Colombian’s attacking ability, and gave a warning to any of the Bundesliga giant’s future opponents by adding “he knows how to open up defences for our strikers with that killer pass”.

The 26-year-old Rodrgiuez joined Bayern Munich on a two season-long loan deal earlier this month, as it appeared he wished to receive more regular game time in one of the world’s best sides after being somewhat overlooked at Zinedine Zidane’s Galactico’s.


It has also come to light that he will be wearing the number 10 shirt at his new club, amid Bayern’s preparations for the new campaign in which they will be defending their Bundesliga title, and attempting to progress further in the Champions League.

Rodrgiuez netted an impressive 28 goals whilst playing for Madrid, and featured in 77 games for Los Blancos before a rather uncommon two-year loan deal was struck that will see him spend his more advanced years in Germany.

Previously, the winger had transferred to Real for a fee reported to be around £70m in 2014.



Former Bayern Munich Star Philipp Lahm Wins 2016-17 ‘Footballer of the Year’ After Retirement

?Former Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has been named 2016-17 Footballer of the Year by Germany’s ?Kicker.

The ex-Germany international is seen as a legend at the Bundesliga club, helping Carlo Ancelotti win his first league title in Germany last season before announcing his retirement at the end of the campaign.

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Lahm has previously finished second and third in 2004 and 2006 respectively and lost out to Bayern teammates Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng before, but this year the 33-year-old has come out on top.

The former Stuttgart loanee figured mainly at right-back for Ancelotti’s side but also played in central midfield as Bayern won the Bundesliga comfortably, with neither RB Leipzig or Borussia Dortmund putting up much of a fight for the league title.

Almost 900 sports journalists took part in the voting, an increase from the 674 participants from last year, with 242 choosing Lahm and 192 picking Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, a former Bayern teammate of Lahm’s.


Lahm made a total of 517 appearances in all competitions for Bayern, scoring 16 goals and winning eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who topped the goalscoring charts in the Bundesliga with 31 goals in 32 appearances last season, received a fair portion of the vote, picking up 120 nominations.

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann was named coach of the year, beating off competition from Freiburg boss Christian Streich after guiding his club to a fourth placed finish, qualifying for the Champions League.



Versatile Bayern Munich Star Discusses Where He’ll Play Under Carlo Ancelotti Next Season

?Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez has revealed that he has no preferred position ahead of the upcoming Bundesliga season.

?The versatile Spaniard was utilised predominantly as a centre-back under coach Carlo Ancelotti last season, but is equally adept in midfield.

And asked where he expects to play next season, Martinez stressed that he is not concerned over which position he is asked to take up.

 “It was the first question to me from Carlo when he arrived in Munich,” the ?former Athletic Bilbao man said. “And I am going to answer the same.

“I really don’t care, I just want to play. I just want to help my team. Wherever he wants me to play I will do and I don’t have any preference.

“I feel comfortable in both positions. I have played the last three years in centre-back but I also played for ten years as a midfielder so I feel comfortable in both. I really don’t care.”


The 28-year-old was used in midfield by Ancelotti for Saturday’s friendly against AC Milan, a game in which Bayern fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat.

Thiago’s injury left a gap in midfield which was duly filled by Martinez. “At first I felt a bit lost because I have not played there for so long,” he said after the game. “Sometimes Ancelotti needs me there and sometimes in defence.”

Martinez made 37 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last season, regularly partnering Mats Hummels in defence.