Man City Ace’s Father Claims Son Would Have Joined Bayern Munich if Pep Guardiola Was Still Boss

?The father of Manchester City star Leroy Sané has claimed that his son would have joined Bayern Munich over the Citizens in 2016 – had Pep Guardiola still been the manager of the Bavarian giants.

In an interview with German outlet RevierSport, Sané senior spoke glowingly of his son’s abilities, and claimed that the opportunity to play under Guardiola was the sole reason for the German international joining the current Premier League leaders. Sané’s father said: 

“Leroy did not find it easy to leave Schalke. He’s one of the Ruhr people. But it was the right move, he just had to go. He could not say no when the offer was on the table.

“My boy could have gone to Barcelona, (Real) Madrid or Bayern Munich. Half the world wanted him! But Leroy wanted to go to Pep Guardiola. Only to him. If Guardfiola had stated in Munich, Leroy would play for Bayern now.”

Sané has become one of City’s top players this season, as Guardiola’s side have taken the Premier League by storm in a run that has seen them unbeaten since the start of the campaign. City are currently top of the table, 15 points clear of their nearest rivals Manchester Utd in second place.

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After being eased into life at the Etihad Stadium last season, Guardiola has now put his full faith in the speedy dribbler. In his 20 league appearances during the current campaign, Sané has scored six goals, and contributed an impressive nine assists. Linking up with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, Man City’s midfield have consistently crushed their opposition.

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In other news, ?Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has refused to be drawn on reports suggesting that Man City have agreed a deal to sign their forward Alexis Sánchez. The Chilean’s contract expires at the end of the current season, and Arsenal are believed to have agreed cut-price deal with City so as not to lose Sánchez for nothing at the end of his deal.


Liverpool Still Trying to Sign Leon Goretzka Despite Bayern Interest

?Liverpool have not given up hope of signing Leon Goretzka, even though the Schalke midfielder is thought to be close to joining Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Goretzka is reportedly Liverpool’s first choice to replace the recently departed Philippe Coutinho, despite ?strong suggestions that the German international is set to join Bayern in the coming days.

According to Loic Tanzi of French television channel SFR Sport, Liverpool “are doing everything to try to convince him (Leon Goretzka), despite the fact that he is close to Bayern Munich.”

Having joined Schalke from VFL Bochum in 2013 after his first season in professional football, Goretzka has gone on to make 130 appearances in all competitions in the Royal Blue of Schalke, scoring 19 goals in that time, with his performances this season helping Schalke to second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich ahead of German football’s return from the winter break this coming weekend.

The 22 year old midfielder has also started to establish himself in Germany’s national side, making twelve appearances and netting six goals since his international debut in 2015, and was part of the side that lifted the Confederations Cup in Russia last summer.

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Liverpool’s need to recruit in the midfield area may yet increase further if Emre Can’s ?rumoured move to Serie A champions Juventus does indeed go through during the January transfer window.


Bayern Munich Striker ‘Overwhelmingly Voted’ as Hinrunde Star By Bundesliga Colleagues

Robert Lewandowski has been voted as the best player in the Hinrunde by his Bundesliga colleagues, Bayern Munich have confirmed.

The Polish striker has been deadly in front of goal for the Bavarians, scoring 15 goals in 17 games during the first half of the Bundesliga season.

Our man has been overwhelmingly voted as the Best Player of the Hinrunde by his Bundesliga colleagues,” Bayern Munich confirmed on their ?official Instagram account. “Congrats, [Lewandiwski]!”

The Bayern Munich star looks on course to win the third Torjägerkanone of his career this campaign, matching his tally of 30 goals which he has reached over the last two seasons.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could offer Lewandowski a late challenge for the coveted trophy with an impressive turn of form during the Rückrunde. However, a month-long goalscoring drought earlier in the season has left the Gabonese striker playing catchup.

Alfred Finnbogason is the third and final Bundesliga striker to have already reached double figures this season. The FC Augsburg star has been in outstanding form this season, although the Fuggerstädter look set for another season stuck in midtable.

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Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga action on Friday where they will travel to the BayArena to take on Heiko Herrlich’s Bayer Leverkusen. 

These two sides met on the opening day of the campaign back in August, with goals from Niklas Süle, Corentin Tolisso and Lewandowski guiding the hosts to a 3-1 victory.


Daylight Ribery! Bayern Star Launches Stinging Attack on French Media Over Failed Ballon d’Or Bid

?Franck Robery has hit out at the French press for ‘stealing’ the prestigious Ballon d’Or award away from him at the end of 2013.

The Bayern Munich veteran told Canal Football Club (via the ?Daily Mail) that it was a variety of critical media reports in his homeland that had put paid to him lifting the signature gong over four years ago.

Ribery had come off the back of a barnstorming 2012/13 campaign as he bagged 11 goals and 23 assists in 43 appearances for the German giants.

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Those stats came on the way to helping Bayern lift the Champions League trophy, Bundesliga title, German Cup and German Super Cup during the unprecedented trophy-laden season – a campaign that also earned Ribery the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

However, it was the one accolade in the Ballon d’Or that still rankles with the 34-year-old forward, and he explained why he felt betrayed by his own compatriots.

Ribery said: “It was as if it was stolen from me. It’s incomprehensible. I won every trophy, I couldn’t have done more. It was an injustice.

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“I didn’t have my country behind me. I saw it with my own eyes that the French said Cristiano should win. Did the Portuguese want it to be Ribery or Messi? Of course not.”

Ribery was pipped to the award by Cristiano Ronaldo – the Real Madrid megastar’s second win during his career – who had only lifted the Spanish Super Cup despite an impressive 55-goal haul.

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The ex-France international only garnered 23.36% of the votes cast by those present – a mere 1% behind Barcelona superstar Messi but 4% behind eventual winner Ronaldo.

Asked why he felt the French press had held a grudge against him personally, Ribery went on to add that it was Les Bleus’ failure to get out of their group at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that meant he was never going to win the Ballon d’Or.

He added: “In 2010, they needed someone to blame. Everyone in France believed I was the problem – even my parents.

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“I can’t forget the actions of certain French media. It’s a scar that stays with me, it was too much.”


Leon Goretzka Yet to Decide on Future, Keeping Liverpool and Arsenal in the Hunt

In a saga akin to that of the recently completed Coutinho to Barcelona rollercoaster, the future of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is set to run and run this January.

Despite the reports of a deal being reached with Bayern Munich in late December, the startet’s future remains an enigma, according to German publication Kicker.

Nevertheless, it is thought that the 22-year-old’s future will be cleared up during this January transfer window, with his erstwhile stalling set to end in the coming weeks.

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As has been well documented, the midfielder’s contract with Schalke runs out at the end of the season, which has lead to the veritable dogfight that has ensued between the warring parties.

Seemingly all four parties of Liverpool, Arsenal, Schalke and Bayern Munich have supposedly had deals sewn up at one point or another, apparently to no avail. 

It has been Bayern who have been the most heavily linked in recent times, with Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic publically confirming the club’s interest in signing Goretzka,  although this latest development is sure to keep the Premier League duo in the race, for now.

However, Schalke have so far stood their ground, and their chairman Clemens Tonnies has admitted the club is doing everything it can to retain the versatile midfielder.

Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, the Chairman declared: “We’ve done everything to ensure he stays. In January, he wants to say what he’s doing.

“Schalke have accepted the financial conditions of Leon and his management. He was also important for the sporting development of the team last summer and, after the first half of the season, we’re in second place and in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

“Leon can and must decide now.”

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In a plea to keep Goretzka on the books, he even conceded a move away from the club in the future would not be prevented, proclaiming: “I firmly believe Leon Goretzka could have incredible development at Schalke. We’re not blocking his way to an even bigger club in a few years.

“I think he would be fine if he stayed.”