Bayern Chief Admits Deal for PL Target Leon Goretzka Isn’t Done But Could Be Agreed ‘Within Days’

?Despite ongoing reports, Bayern Munich’s chief executive Karl-Heinze Rummenigge has insisted that a deal has not been reached regarding a move for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka. 

The German star is out of contract with Schalke in the summer, and some news outlets have already reported that Bayern Munich have sealed a move for Goretzka on a free transfer. Rummenigge has played down such claims, but believes a deal can be struck within the next few days.

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Speaking to ?Sky Germany, the Bayern chief reported that a deal with Goretzka is yet to be agreed upon. He said: “you only have an agreement, when the contract is signed and the player passed the medical tests. We are not that far yet.”

A number of Premier League clubs have also been linked with Goretzka over recent months. ?Liverpool are said to be still interested in the midfielder despite the strong links with Bayern, as are Manchester United. 

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Ultimately Goretzka still needs to make his final decision regarding his future, and Rummenigge believes that decision will be made soon. He added, “Now the player has to decide, I heard the decision will be made within the next days, so before the end of January.”

“And of course it would be very nice, if he decides to join Bayern Munich.”

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Goretzka has been out of action for Schalke since the start of December with a leg injury, but is eyeing a return later this month. The German midfielder has four goals in the Bundesliga this season, and in 2017 he scored six goals on international duty for Germany. 


Arjen Robben ‘Relaxed’ Over Future Despite Running Down Bayern Munich Contract

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has claimed that he is “pretty relaxed” over his future as the decision over a new contract in Bavaria rests with the club.

Robben moved to Bayern in 2009, ending a two-year spell with Real Madrid for £21m. The Dutchman has gone on to make 275 appearances for the club, registering an impressive 134 goals and 91 assists.

However, the 33-year-old’s future in Munich is currently at risk with his contract set to expire in the summer – with Franck Ribéry, Rafinha and Sven Ulreich also facing the same dilemma.

I don’t want to talk about my future every week,” Robben told TZ. “I’m pretty relaxed as the club has to make the decision and not me.”

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Robben and Ribéry since Jupp Heynckes took over at Bayern earlier this season, with some fans believing that the arrival of a new manager in the summer could see an end to the ageing wingers at the Allianz Arena.

However, both Robben and Ribéry have still been putting in masterful performances for Bayern this season, having a hand in five goals and five assists between them.

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??Bundesliga action returned following a winter break on Friday, with Bayern securing all three points on the first day of the Rückrunde. 

Goals from Javi Martínez, Franck Ribéry and James Rodríguez proved to be enough to give Bayern all three points, despite Kevin Volland’s second-half goal offering Bayer Leverkusen hope of an unlikely comeback at the BayArena.


Bayern Boss Claims Kevin De Bruyne Is ‘Far & Away’ Europe’s Best Player After Stunning Recent Form

?Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has reaped praise from many so far this term, and justifiably so considering his imperative influence on his side’s stunning start to the season. 

The 26-year-old has found the back of the net eight times and assisted 12 during his 31 competitive clashes across all competitions so far this campaign, and despite not being able to affect proceedings enough to halt his side surrendering their ?unbeaten run on Sunday, the playmaker was still almost always present in any positive offensive, and often defensive, aspects of the Citizens’ showing. 

The Belgium international’s performances have made those all over the world take note, especially considering the improvements he has made in comparison to 12 months ago, and Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes is no different. 

The 72-year-old, who is enjoying his fourth tenure with the Bavarians following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in September, came up against the raw De Bruyne back in the 2012/13 season during his third stint at the Allianz Arena, when the playmaker was grabbing his first taste of German football as part of Werder Bremen’s outfit. 

Obviously, in those times the creative genius was not performing to the heights to tempt the veteran’s interest, however when speaking about potential January targets, the Manchester City man’s name cropped up in conversation. 

While Heynckes admitted Bayern stand little chance of luring the 26-year-old away from the Premier League, he was quick to share his thoughts surrounding the Belgian, claiming he is currently not only the most talented midfielder, but he currently eclipses any other player on the continent. 

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“Kevin de Bruyne is far and away the best player in Europe at the moment”, the Reds manager told German news outlet Kicker, as quoted by ? “I would give the shirt off my back for him.”


Bayern Express Interest in Liverpool Target Gelson Martins in Search for Robben & Ribery Alternative

?Bayern Munich are interested in Sporting CP winger Gelson Martins as they look for an alternative to ageing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, ?Ojogo have reported.

Both are currently out with injuries, leaving manager Jupp Heynckes short of options in the wide areas.

Bayern scouts are believed to have watched Martins in his side’s recent derby against Benfica in the Primeira Liga.


The 22-year-old has a release clause of €60m in his contract with Sporting, which does not expire until 2022.

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Martins has also been linked with a January move to Liverpool, although the Merseyside club are, according to the ?Liverpool Echo, only prepared to pay half of his release clause.


The Portuguese international, who has scored five goals and provided three assists in 17 league appearances this season, is believed to favour a move to England or Spain.

Bayern, however, are reportedly confident that they can tempt Martins into a switch to the Bundesliga, if Sporting are willing to negotiate over a deal.

Liverpool are said to be willing to offer Martins a contract worth £4.4m per year, as they look to strengthen in attack following the exit of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

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Jurgen Klopp is not short of a budget after the expensive sale of the Brazilian, although it remains to be seen how much Sporting will demand for one of their most valuable assets.


Bayern Munich Boss Jupp Heynckes Praises His Teams Defensive Display Following Win Over Leverkusen

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has praised ?his sides defensive display following their 3-1 away win against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night.

Goals from Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery and a superb free-kick from James Rodriguez gave Bayern the win on the night. 

Despite conceding on the night, Bayern limited die Werkself to only a small number of chances, and speaking after the game Heynckes was full of praise for his sides defensive display, as quoted by the ?club’s official website.

“My team did a good job in terms of tactics for the most part today, especially in defence. 

“Leverkusen were very attack-minded so all our forwards had to work defensively. It’s hard to win in Leverkusen. They’re a young, hungry and talented team, and today they were incredibly attack-minded, but I think we did a very good job in defence.”

Bayern nullified the attacking threat of Leverkusen’s dynamic trio of Julian Brandt, Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland – which was key to their success on the night. 

The win for Bayern however highlighted a serious issue for Leverkusen as they seemed to have no plan-b. Going forward, if Leverkusen are to challenge for a champions league spot, they will need to come up with an alternative game plan in the likelihood of their original plan failing.

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For Bayern however, the win means that they currently sit top of the league, with a 14 point gap between themselves and second place ?Schalke 04

Up next for Bayern is a home game against Werder Bremen, and it would not come as a surprise to see Munich continue their good run of form.