The Spain international is pleased to see his former coach return to the game, and has little doubt he will prove to be a success at the Bundesliga leaders
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is confident that Pep Guardiola will become an instant hit at Bayern Munich, and feels the successful coach is the right choice for the Bavarians.
The 42-year-old recently signed a three-year deal with the Allianz Arena side and will replace Jupp Heynckes at the helm at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
“I am happy for Pep. It’s important for football and for himself that a coach like him is training a club. He will try to get his new players used to his playing style. Bayern have some great players,” Iniesta was quoted as saying by Bild.
“I believe Pep will hold on to his own style. Bayern’s playing style is quit similar to Barcelona’s style. Possession is quite important, plus they have a number of players of the highest level.
“Pep always gives 100 per cent in what he does. He is very close to his players, both on and off the pitch. It will be something great for the Bayern players. The fans can also look forward to him, something wonderful will happen.
“I don’t expect any difficulties. He will take charge of a great club and try to win the people’s respect. I have no doubt that he will succeed.”
Guardiola is currently enjoying a one-year sabbatical away from the game after leaving Barcelona last summer.
The defender revealed he and the Santos star had held a conversation about what playing for the Bundesliga club is like, but the 21-year-old has contradicted his claims
Neymar has denied talking to Brazil team-mate Dante about playing for Bayern Munich.
The Santos starlet has been linked with a move to Europe for the past two years, with Barcelona and Real Madrid believed to be interested in signing the attacker, though he recently admitted he could see himself at the Bundesliga side.
After Brazil’s 2-1 defeat to England, Dante had revealed that the Selecao forward had asked what life is like at the Bavarian side, but Neymar has denied having that conversation.
When asked about the claims by Kicker, Neymar responded: “No, no, we have not spoken.”
Dante has secured a permanent first team spot in the Bayern defence after moving from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2012.
Neymar, on the other hand, has a contract with Santos until 2014, and is widely expected to leave the South American side following the 2014 World Cup.
The Germany international left Werder Bremen for Bayern Munich in 2007, but his representative has claimed that he may well have gone to Camp Nou
Lazio striker Miroslav Klose almost joined Barcelona six years ago, according his agent Alexander Schutt.
The Germany star has been linked with the Blaugrana on numerous occasions during his career but has never made the move to La Liga, having spent his entire career in the Bundesliga before going to Serie A in 2011.
“Klose could have signed for Barcelona several times, but the time when he was closest was in 2007,” Schutt told reporters.
The 34-year-old picked up an injury in late January and is out of action as of early February, but is currently in Catalunya to attend the 65th Gran Gala Mundo Deportivo, which celebrates the top moments of 2012.
The Biancocelesti striker will be commemorated for admitting he had scored with his hand in the aftermath of his ultimately-disallowed goal against Napoli earlier this season.
The Dutch winger has found playing time hard to come by in recent weeks, but insists that coaches do not have to work hard to handle him
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has rejected claims that he is a difficult player for a coach to handle.
The Netherlands international has found himself on the fringes of the Roten first team of late, but feels his calls for a regular starting spot are natural.
“They [critics] say I’m difficult, but that’s not true. I want to play, of course otherwise I’m disappointed and may hit the shower quickly from time to time,” the told TZ.
“But we also have to stop talking negatively. We have to focus our attention on the team, not the players who are not playing.”
Bayern took a step towards claiming the Bundesliga with a 4-0 win over Schalke on Saturday, and Robben warned his team-mate not to let up their pursuit of the title.
“We have made a huge step [towards our goal]. It was a beautiful Saturday! Now we can’t let the championship slip away, we have to win the title! But that doesn’t mean we can allow us to become complacent now,” he continued.
“There’s always room for improvement. The most important part is that we maintain our stability. The big games are yet to come, the real test will follow.”
The Austria international is desperate to keep on improving and believes Bayern are in a good position to win the Bundesliga
Bayern Munich wing-back David Alaba has stressed that he still has plenty of room for improvement and realises he cannot afford to rest on his laurels.
The Austria international impressed in Bayern’s 4-0 win over Schalke at the weekend, and has developed into one of the best players in his position in recent seasons.
Nevertheless, the 20-year-old feels he is not the finished article just yet, and must keep on working hard in order to get even better.
“All I do is try and give it my best, because I know I have to improve in so many areas,” Alaba was quoted as saying on the official Bayern website.
The left-back then went on to discuss Bayern’s chances at Bundesliga glory, and stressed that they must keep on giving their utmost.
“We mustn’t allow ourselves to be knocked off course now. We have to keep it up and concentrate on the essentials. If we do, it’s looking good for us.”
Bayern currently hold a 15-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund.