Franck Ribery Insists Jupp Heynckes’ Return Has Made a Positive Impact for Bayern Munich

?After sacking Carlo Ancelotti earlier in the season, German giants Bayern Munich found an immediate replacement in former coach Jupp Heynckes, who has helped Die Bayern stay 11 points clear of second place. 

Franck Ribery has mentioned about his ?special relationship with the Bayern manager before, but now he believes that Heynckes has brought balance to the squad, motivating them towards more trophies this season, ? reports. 

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In an interview with German outlet Bild, the Frenchman praised Heynckes for his use of rotation, so that all the players in the team get minutes on the pitch. 

“We all need breaks from time to time,” the 34-year-old winger said. “Heynckes has divided my time well. I’ve been able to spend a healthy holiday with my family and keep up my training, meaning I can put my foot down again in Qatar, and that’s important.”

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Despite being a regular this season, Ribery understands that he can’t be used all the time, after recently coming back from a two-month injury.

He has yet to play a full 90 minute for Bayern, but doesn’t mind giving other players the chance to play. 

The Frenchman believes Heynckes’ return has brought back a positive atmosphere to the Bayern changing rooms and that’s the reason why they’ve been playing so good. 

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The league leaders have 13 wins, two draws and two losses under their belt so far in the Bundesliga. 

“We work and win together,” Ribery said. “We’re playing as a team again and it’s really nice. With Jupp’s return, a good feeling and the faith came flooding back. The atmosphere’s different.”

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With Ribery’s contract expiring in the summer, the 34-year-old is hoping to perform well in order to gain a contract extension with the Bavarians. 

“I came back in December after two months out with a knee injury and I’m back in really good form again,” he said. “The way I’m playing now makes me happy, then we’ll just have to see.”


VIDEO: Bayern Munich Troll Manchester United on Twitter After Arjen Robben’s Volley in Friendly

?Bayern Munich have trolled Manchester United on Twitter after comparing Arjen Robben’s volleyed goal during their warm weather winter break friendly win over Al Ahli on Saturday to that of his famous Champions League wonder-strike of 2010 at Old Trafford. 

On that night, eight years ago, the Bavarians found themselves 3-1 down at the home of the Red Devils after taking a 2-1 quarter-final lead to the north west from the first-leg, but an insane 74th minute finish from the Dutchman sent the German outfit through on away goals. 

The rather remarkable volley is one that will live long in the memory of both supporters for different reasons, with the Reds going on to reach the final that season, beating Olympique Lyonnais in the semi-finals before being undone by eventual winners Inter Milan in Madrid. 

The now-33-year-old’s ability has somewhat deteriorated since his famous strike in 2010, with many believing Robben’s time at the top of the game would find its end in the not so distant future. 

But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger reminded his doubters that he still possesses the quality of his prime on Sunday, by dispatching Arturo Vidal’s outswinging corner from the edge of the box for his side’s third of the night in Qatar. 

Following the goal the Bayern social media team were only too happy to reminisce and remind Manchester United fans of his famous volley that dumped Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit out the competition all those years ago. 

“Is it 2010? @ArjenRobben produces a piece of Old Trafford magic to fire #FCBayern 3-0 in front!”, the Bavarian’s? official twitter read, alongside a video of the former Netherlands international’s strike. 

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The Bundesliga toppers’ friendly victory also saw new boy Sandro Wagner bag his first goal for the club since joining from Hoffenheim earlier this month, as well as Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman, Niklas Dorsch and Niklas Sule all getting their names on the scoresheet during the 6-0 romp. 

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Journalist Claims Bayern Munich Deal is ‘Close’ as Schalke 04 Bolster Squad With Attackers

In-demand midfielder Leon Goretzka is “close” to completing a transfer that will see him move to Bayern Munich in the summer, according to a Sky Sports and Guardian journalist, Fabrizio Romano.

“Leon Goretzka has chosen Bayern Münich as his next team starting by next June,” Romano claimed on Twitter. “Agreement is close to being reached, if everything will be completed he’ll sign a contract until 2023.”

The German international will remain at the Veltins-Arena until the summer, knowing that a strong showing for Schalke 04 during the Rückrunde could earn him a spot in Joachim Löw’s World Cup squad.

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The Royal Blues are wasting no time in looking to build for the future, with a pair of young attacking signings arriving in Gelsenkirchen this week.

Juventus winger Marko Pjaca will be given the opportunity to fight for his own World Cup spot during the second half of the season before returning to Turin once his short-term loan expires. 

The Croatian international has struggled for game time at Juventus since completing a 23m move from boyhood club Dinamo Zagreb in 2016, making just 20 appearances for the Old Lady.

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Schalke have also secured the signing of FC Nuremberg striker Cedric Teuchert. The German U21 international has left the Max-Morlock-Stadion for just €1m, signing a contract that will keep him in Gelsenkirchen until 2021.


Bayern Boss Jupp Heynckes Insists Chelsea Target Will Not Be Sold in January Despite Recent Links

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has ruled out any possible departure for Arturo Vidal or any other members of his squad in the January transfer window. 

Vidal has long been linked with a move to Chelsea to reunite with his former boss Antonio Conte – the paired worked together at Juventus – who recently ?described the midfielder as a ‘fantastic player’ who he would go to war with. 

Although Conte is looking to further strengthen his squad at Stamford Bridge – despite ?securing Ross Barkley for £15m from Everton – Heyneckes has dismissed any speculation linking the Chile international to a move in the winter window.

Speaking in a press conference at Bayern’s camp in Doha, Heyneckes was asked about the rumours linking his player with a move to the Premier League, he said: “There is no contact between Chelsea and Bayern.

“We will not sell Arturo Vidal or any other player for that matter during the winter break.”

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Vidal has spent just over two seasons with Bayern since joining from Juventus in 2015, where has made over 100 appearances for the German club. 

Bayern are currently in Doha for their winter break training camp and having already added to their squad with the ?signing of Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim for €13m, however the Bavarian giants are not expected to make any further signings this month. 

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Reports have suggested Bayern are leading the race to secure Schalke’s Leon Gortezka after the clubs sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic ?admitted interest following claims the Germany international decided to join the club when his contract expires in the summer. 


Bayer Leverkusen Ace Enters Bayern Munich Summer Radar as German Giants Weigh Up £11m Bid

?Bayern Munich want to poach Julian Brandt away from Bayer Leverkusen once they tie up a deal for Schalke’s Leon Goretzka.

That is according to German newspaper ?Der Westen, who have alleged that the Bundesliga heavyweights are weighing up a move for Brandt, who apparently has a £11m release clause fee in his Leverkusen contract.

The 21-year-old, who was once a target for Premier League side Liverpool, has 18 months left to run on his deal with Bayern’s fellow top flight outfit.

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However, Jupp Heynckes’ team could look to prise him away from Die Werkself earlier than his contract expiry date as they chase a number of homegrown German stars.

Bayern have already added the likes of Niklas Sule, Sandro Wagner and Sebastien Rudy to their senior ranks in recent times as club president Uli Hoeness eyes a ‘Germany FC’ type team at the reigning top flight champions.

Brandt’s father has already been forced to deny that a deal is in place to take his son to the Allianz Arena as he explained why the forward would take his time over where his future lies.

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Jurgen Brandt said: “Julian hasn’t committed himself to either Bayern or another club, orally or in writing. Julian will give his decision the time it needs. Bayer Leverkusen is exactly the club he needs. It is not excluded that he would like to stay there. “

Brandt, who typically plays on the left wing but is able to play across the forward line, has notched 25 goals and 32 assists in 153 games for Leverkusen throughout his four-year senior career.

The Germany international’s stats for this season include five goals and five assists in 20 appearances – form that has helped the BayArena-based side up to fifth in the league standings.

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Bayern’s title rivals Borussia Dortmund are also thought to be mulling over a move for Brandt and, while Der Westen suggests a move to Westfalenstadion is more likely, it would be up to Brandt to decide which club to join if he wished to leave Leverkusen.