Bundesliga can’t compete with astronomical Ronaldo wages – Rummenigge

Ronaldo’s eye-watering new deal is further proof clubs in Germany can’t compete financially with those in Spain or England, claims Rummenigge

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted wages in LaLiga are worrying him as much as those in the Premier League following Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent Real Madrid renewal.

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The Portugal captain followed in the footsteps of Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in committing his future to the European champions, Ronaldo’s deal running until 2021.

His contract is allegedly worth over €20 million per season and Rummenigge feels it is nearly impossible for the Bundesliga’s finest to match such figures.

“The Premier League is not the only threat when it comes to high wages, but the same goes for Spain,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild.

“Real Madrid have just renewed with three players and Ronaldo now supposedly earns €20.5m after taxes. There is not even a single player in the Bundesliga who makes that kind of money before taxes!

“There is a clear business model behind that, they do not want their players to leave for England. Florentino Perez hates it when one of his players receives an offer from another club, in particular when such a club comes from England.”

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, meanwhile, feels the Premier League is mainly a threat for the slightly smaller Bundesliga outfits.

“Bayern and BVB will have more problems with Barcelona and Real Madrid, whereas the other Bundesliga clubs will face competitions from mid-table clubs from England,” Watzke stressed.

“Our players will not be leaving for Stoke City, but there are plenty of Bundesliga players who could double or treble their wages there.”

Gnabry drawing inspiration from Hazard

The former Arsenal attacker admits that he looks up to a man who was once a rival in London and says he regularly checks him out on YouTube

Werder Bremen star Serge Gnabry has revealed he tries to model his game on Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard.

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Gnabry has been one of the revelations of the Bundesliga following his move from Arsenal to Werder and netted a hat-trick on his Germany debut last week.

The 21-year-old is eager to learn from his colleagues, while Belgium star Hazard is one of the players he regularly watches in order to improve his own game.

“Hazard is world class, he is amazing,” Gnabry told Sport Bild.

“The way he protects the ball and his first touch is incredible.

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“I am really impressed with the way he plays. I regularly watch Hazard videos on YouTube.”

Former Bayern Munich star Lothar Matthaus recently suggested Gnabry would be the perfect long-term replacement for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the reigning Bundesliga champions, but the youngster is not getting carried away.

“Of course it is flattering to get a compliment like that,” he added.

“Ribery and Robben have had unbelievable careers. We would all like to have such careers. They are examples to follow.

“It is flattering to hear that someone like Matthaus says I have similar skills. But I am not getting carried away. I know I am still only at the beginning.”

Trapattoni backs Ancelotti to outdo Guardiola at Bayern

The Italian believes his compatriot is more than capable of leading the Bavarians to Champions League glory – something they failed to achieve under the Catalan’s guidance

Giovanni Trapattoni has backed compatriot Carlo Ancelotti to outperform Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

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Ancelotti replaced Guardiola as the man in charge at the Allianz Arena ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, but Bayern have yet to really hit top gear under the Italian.

Bayern are level at the top of the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig on 24 points from 10 games and have already clinched a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

But Bayern’s 1-0 Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid and the three draws they have been held to in the Bundesliga prove there is still plenty of work for Ancelotti to do.

Trapattoni sees no reason for concern, though, and believes Ancelotti has every chance of winning the Champions League with Bayern, something Guardiola never achieved during his three years with the Bavarians.

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“Bayern are already playing a different type of football under Carlo than under Guardiola,” Trapattoni, who had two managerial stints in charge of the German champions, told Bild .

“Bayern will be even more dominant and successful under him.

“Carlo has a good chance of winning the Champions League with Bayern.

“Details will be decisive in the end.”

San Marino hit back at 'bully' Thomas Muller

The Bayern Munich and Germany forward suggested after a recent 8-0 victory in World Cup qualifying that facing the European minnows is a pointless exercise

San Marino have accused Thomas Muller of “bullying” after he questioned the value of international meetings with the European minnows on the back of an 8-0 victory for Germany in World Cup qualifying.

The Bayern Munich forward was not on target against the microstate on Friday, with hat-trick hero Serge Gnabry stealing the headlines on his senior debut, but he still felt that the contest was something of a pointless exercise.

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He said:  “I don’t understand the point of such uneven games like these, even moreso because of the crowded fixture list.

“I understand that for them it is special to play against the world champions, I understand also that they can only defend with tough tackling.

“For this reason, though, I wonder if these are not games which bring unnecessary risks.”

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “San Marino has got nothing to do with professional football.”

San Marino, quite understandably, have been left disappointed by the comments of global superstars and World Cup winners.

Director of communications, Alan Gasperoni, has hit back at Muller and Rummenigge, calling for an apology and criticising the arrogance and dress sense of a nation that appears to think it “owns” football.

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He posted the following statement on social media:

“Dearest Thomas Muller,

You’re right. The games like that on a Friday night, they’re nothing. To you. On the other hand, dear Thomas, you do not need to come to San Marino for almost nothing in a weekend in which, without the Bundesliga, you could have spent with your wife on the sofa of your luxury villa or, who knows, you could have taken part in some events organised by your sponsors to bank several thousand euros. I believe you, but allow me to give 10 good reasons why I think the San Marino-Germany match was very useful and if could think about them, let me know your thoughts:

1.    It served to show you that not even against the teams as poor as ours can you score a goal – and don’t say you weren’t annoyed when Simoncini stopped you scoring…

2.    It served to make it clear to your managers (and even Beckenbauer and Rummenigge) that football is not owned by them but by all of those who love it, among which, like it or not, WE are included.

3.    It served to remind hundreds of journalists from all over Europe that there are still guys who follow their dreams and not your rules.

4.    It served to confirm that you Germans will never change and that history has taught you that “bullying” is not always a guarantee of victory.

5.    It served to show the 200 guys in San Marino who play the game for whatever reason why their coaches ask them to always work their hardest. Who knows – maybe one day all their sacrifice will be repaid with a game against the champions of the world.

6.    It allowed your Federation (and also ours) to collect the money of image rights with which, in addition to paying you for your trouble, they can build pitches for the kids of your own country, schools, and make football stadiums safer… Our Federation, I’ll let you in on a secret, is building a new football pitch in a remote village called Acquaviva. You could build it with six months of your salary, we’ll do it with the rights of 90 minutes of a game. Not bad, right?

7.    It served to a country as big as your pitch in Munich to go into the papers for a good reason, because a football match is always a good reason.

8.    It served well for your friend Gnabry, in the national team and scoring three goals.

9.    It made some Sanmarinese people a little happier to remember that we have a real national team.

10.    It’s served to make me realise that even if you wear the most beautiful adidas kits, underneath you’re always the ones that put white socks under their sandals.

With love, Alan.”

Pizzi confirms that Alexis and Vidal will play against Uruguay

The Arsenal and Bayern Munich stars have both recovered fronm injury and are set to line up for Chile in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier

Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will both play in their country’s World Cup qualifier with Uruguay.

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After pulling up in training, Arsenal attacker Alexis missed Thursday’s scoreless draw with Colombia, but Pizzi is confident that he has recovered well enough from a calf problem to feature in Tuesday night’s game.

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo have both been passed fit for the second match of the international break, having started, but not finished the first game.

“Alexis was not able to play in Colombia, but we knew that the seriousness [of the injury] was not major,” Pizzi told reporters at Chile’s pre-match press conference. 

“The three players are at my disposal for tomorrow’s game.”

Vidal was taken off in stoppage time against Colombia, but Pizzi believes the midfielder’s determination will see him start against Uruguay.

“He is fine,” the former Spain international said. “All the players who are here are the hardest workers, for their club and for us. The intensity with which they take their profession is above normal. In the case of Arturo, he is even more determined.”

Pizzi had come under fire from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for risking Alexis, but despite the Frenchman speaking out, the Chile boss was unconcerned.

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“At no time have I received pressure from any club,” Pizzi continued. “I will never use a player who is not fit. We always respect the wishes of the clubs, despite rumours in the press.”