Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has stated that striker Mario Gomez will have to shape up and deliver the goods upfront if he is to spearhead the team’s attack once again.The former Stuttgart player, who is nursing an injury, had to watch from the sidelines as his deputy Mario Mandzukic netted a brace in Bayern’s 4-0 drubbing of SSV Jahn Regensburg in the German DFB Pokal on Sunday.
“Bayern is not a kindergarten, where everyone is just pampered,” he was quoted by Tz.“Everyone wants to be cherished, but first you have to prove yourself and then keep on doing so. If you do produce the goods, you will be rewarded.”
“Gomez, like everyone, will have to deal with the fact that there is competition at the club,” he concluded.
Bayern Munich open their Bundesliga campaign this Saturday away to newly-promoted Greuther Furth.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that talks with Athletic Bilbao regarding the transfer of Javi Martinez have stagnated.
The retired striker is of the opinion that the Basques are deliberately raising obstacles to a potential deal, and the 60-year-old is hardly impressed with the Spanish club’s obstinate approach.
“It looks at the moment that the transfer will not work out because the people in Bilbao are very, very stubborn and they are doing everything possible to prevent the transfer,” he told N-TV.
“If the Athletic president was more willing to arrange a deal, he would accept €40 million rather quickly,” he continued.
Despite meeting the 23-year-old’s buy-out clause of €40 million, Bilbao have continued to resist a potential deal with Bayern even though the player himself has expressed a desire to make the switch.
“After learning that Martinez was happy to move, we felt that we could reduce our offer from €10 million per season to €8m.
“Still, it is a crazy amount. We feel we are able to do this because we feel that we have been right regarding the issues that have arisen,” he concluded.
Bayern Munich have announced that they have renewed their partnership with main sponsor Deutsche Telekom for an additional four years until the summer of 2017.
The previous deal between both parties was due to expire in 2013, but the Bavarian giants and the telecommunications firm have opted to extend their successful 10-year collaboration.
“We are delighted our long partnership with Deutsche Telekom will continue. Telekom is a very important, reliable and innovative partner, supporting us with its telecommunications expertise,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented on the deal.
“Thanks to the help provided by Telekom, Bayern are based on sound and solid financial foundations.”
Telekom will acquire additional advertising rights and services, which include social media and the new FCB News product under the terms of the new deal.
Mathias Sammer has spoken out amidst the struggles that Bayern Munich have encountered in the battle to sign long-standing target Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao.
Whilst the Bavarians have confirmed that they are willing to bid €40 million for the player, talks have come to a halt as the Basque native’s desire to keep hold of their prime asset begin to circulate in the media.
And Sammer has now confirmed that Bilbao are currently in control of the situation and that the move is quite some way from completion.
“There is nothing to report at the moment, we must digest a few things but the move for Martinez is down to Bilbao,” Sammer told Sky Sports News HD.
“The transfer is nowhere near being completed, we made our position clear and Bilbao must now react.”
Holger Badstuber has stressed that Bayern Munich’s main priority is winning the Bundesliga this season after seeing Borussia Dortmund claim the title in the last two terms.
The Bavarian giants have not tasted major success in the last two campaigns, but managed to beat Jurgen Klopp’s 2-1 side in the DFL-Supercup on August 12.
The Germany centre-back is determined to carry that momentum into the coming season, and believes that the summer recruits, including fellow centre-back Dante, will prove to be beneficial to his side, despite increased competition for a starting spot.
“The Bundesliga is my top priority. We can’t afford to slip up there again. Last year we had a very good spell, but it was too short,” the Germany international told the Bundesliga’s official website.
“After two years without winning, [the Supercup] was a matter of prestige. Obviously it gave us a lot of confidence, but we don’t want to place too much importance on it.
“Competition for places is important at every club, but I’m looking forward to the new season positively. I have new aims and a desire to keep developing. If I can combine all of those things then I’ll play.”
Bayern Munich begin their Bundesliga campaign with a trip to fellow Bavarian outfit Greuther Furth on August 25.