Bayern 'very optimistic' over Robben stay

Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge indicated his belief the 32-year-old will prolong his career at Allianz Arena, and expects answers to come in the new year

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expects winger Arjen Robben to extend his contract with Bayern Munich.

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Robben, 32, is yet to extend his deal with the club despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.

But Bayern CEO Rummenigge feels the star will prolong his stay at Allianz Arena yet.

“I think everything will be clear in January,” the club official told reporters after their 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

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“We are very optimistic. Both sides want it. These are good pre-conditions.”

The Netherlands international has scored five goals in 10 league games this season and started Wednesday’s 3-0 win over RB Leipzig.

Robben has been at Bayern since 2009 after joining from Real Madrid.

Thiago: Beating RB Leipzig worth more than three points

The midfield maestro, inspirational on the evening, felt Bayern Munich showed how much they wanted to retain their Bundesliga crown in Wednesday’s dominant showing

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara says beating RB Leipzig is worth more than three points given the teams’ ongoing Bundesliga title battle.

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The champions cruised to a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Thiago scoring the first before setting up Xabi Alonso when the hosts doubled their lead.

Robert Lewandowski got Bayern’s other goal from the penalty spot after Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg had been sent off for a foul on Philipp Lahm.

Bayern’s fifth straight Bundesliga win puts them three points clear of Leipzig and ensured they will sit top of the table at Christmas.

“It always means something when you win, but this is not just three points – we are getting a bit of distance with the second place,” Thiago told reporters after the match.

“We want this first place and want to win the Bundesliga another time – that is what we are looking for.

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“We are prepared for everything. We don’t have any doubts about our team, we had a great attitude and got the win for all the people who came to see us.

“We are very happy with that and I was happy to [get a goal and an assist]. We wanted to win from the first minute and showed that.” 

The Bundesliga now goes on a one-month mid-season break, with Bayern resuming their bid for a fifth consecutive title on January 20 away to Freiburg.

Bayern Munich 3-0 RB Leipzig: Title pretenders swept aside in first-half storm

The visitors had hoped to fire a statement of their ambitions but were comprehensively dismantled at Allianz Arena by an imperious Bavarian showing before the break

Bayern Munich comfortably beat 10-man RB Leipzig 3-0 to move three points clear of their title rivals and ensure they will spend Christmas on top of the Bundesliga.

The two sides came into their first competitive meeting with only goal difference separating them, but the champions made a huge statement in emphatically winning their fifth consecutive league game.

Thiago Alcantara and Xabi Alonso both scored as Bayern raced in front in the first half, before the visitors’ Emil Forsberg was sent off for a foul on Philipp Lahm.

Robert Lewandowski’s penalty – his 12th league goal of the season – added to Leipzig’s misery before the break and Bayern cruised to victory from then on, with substitute Franck Ribery hitting the crossbar.

Leipzig had won nine of their previous 10 league games having impressed hugely after promotion, but will now have to reflect on their morale-sapping defeat during the Bundesliga’s one-month mid-season break.

The opening goal arrived in the 17th minute when Lahm’s cross from the right led to Lewandowski’s effort striking the post, with Thiago applying a first-time finish on the rebound.

Bayern almost struck again a few moments later, Douglas Costa hitting the post having been found by Lewandowski.

Manuel Neuer kept out Diego Demme at the other end, but Bayern were two up after 25 minutes.

Naby Keita lost possession in a dangerous area for Leipzig, which allowed Lewandowski and Thiago to combine before the ex-Barcelona midfielder fed Alonso to send a side-footed finish into the bottom-left corner.

Willi Orban had a header brilliantly saved by Neuer as the visitors searched for a way back into the game, but their hopes took another hit in the 30th minute.

Forsberg put in a nasty challenge from behind on Lahm as the Bayern captain attempted to launch a counter-attack and referee Felix Zwayer deemed it was worthy of a red card – but only after Bayern protests and discussion with his assistant.

Bayern made it three in the last minute of the first half after Costa, who was fortunate not to be flagged offside, raced on to a high ball and was brought down by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi just inside the area. 

Lewandowski calmly sent Gulacsi the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.

Ribery came on for Arjen Robben at half-time and Bayern continued to press, Gulacsi having to rush out quickly to deny Lewandowski.

Marcel Sabitzer had an a shot deflected wide, but Bayern were looking more likely to strike again, with Gulacsi helping Lewandowski’s chip over the bar after good play from Ribery.

Ribery saw a late effort bounce off the crossbar after being found by Alonso, with Leipzig barely threatening in the closing stages to leave Carlo Ancelotti’s men celebrating a third straight clean sheet and a clear advantage at the top of the table.

TEAM NEWS: Bayern bench Muller for top-of-the-table clash with Leipzig

The attacker has been left out of the starting lineup by Carlo Ancelotti for the Bundesliga clash with their title rivals

Bayern Munich have dropped Thomas Muller to the bench for their top of the table clash with RB Leipzig.

Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa have been chosen by manager Carlo Ancelotti to support striker Robert Lewandowski as Bayern look to take spot for going into the mid-season break.

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Bayern and Leipzig are currently joint top of the table with 36 points, but either side can take full control of first position with victory on Wednesday evening.

Muller has failed to impress for the Bavarian side this season, going through an extended goal drought before finally scoring his first league goal in December as Bayern beat Wolfsburg 5-0.

The 27-year-old had gone 999 minutes without scoring, but claimed that it did not bother him too much.

” I was hunting for a goal, but the fact I hadn’t scored wasn’t driving me crazy,” Muller told the official Bundesliga website. 

“It just meant that in every passing match I had to find new ways to try and get on the score sheet.”

Die Aufstellung ist da! #FCBRBL #packmas

— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) December 21, 2016

Bayern’s next competitive game is January 20 against Freiburg when the Bundesliga resumes.

Green leaves Bayern for Stuttgart

The United States international has called time on his career at the Allianz Arena and agreed a three-year contract with the 2.Bundesliga promotion-chasers

Stuttgart have announced the signing of Julian Green from Bayern Munich on a three-year deal.

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The United States international has joined the 2.Bundesliga promotion hopefuls for an undisclosed fee after making only two DFB-Pokal appearances under Carlo Ancelotti this season.

“I came to FC Bayern into their Under-15s and I dreamed of becoming a professional. And I did that,” Green, who will wear the number 37 shirt, told Stuttgart’s official website.

“Over the past three years, I’ve built up a lot of experience. That was good and I’m grateful for that.

“I’ve seen all their games over the last month and I think I’m in good hands with VFB, and I can set new goals for myself.

“This is a great club. I’m looking forward to the challenge, the new city and my new team-mates. And, above all, I want to support the team in the second half of the season.”

Der US-Nationalspieler @J_Green37 wechselt mit sofortiger Wirkung vom @FCBayern auf den Wasen. Herzlich willkommen beim #VfB, Julian #Green!

— VfB Stuttgart (@VfB) December 21, 2016

Stuttgart official Jan Schindelmeiser added: “Julian can be used in several positions in the attacking area. He had some top coaching at FC Bayern.

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“We see further potential in his development. He can revive our play with his speed.”

Green was on loan at Stuttgart for much of the 2014-15 season, athough he spent the majority of that time working with the B team.

The 21-year-old, who will officially join next month, could make his debut in the league match away to St. Pauli on January 29.