Scholl: Gotze and Lewandowski dealings strange

The iconic former Bayern midfielder has spoke of his confusion as the Bavarians seek to retain their Polish striker and let go a Germany international playmaker

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Mehmet Scholl has branded the club’s dealings with Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski as “strange”.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund pair have both been linked with moves away from the Allianz Arena but, while Gotze – a reported target for Liverpool – is said to have been urged to leave by club officials, Bayern appear determined to keep Lewandowski.

This stance contrasts that of the players, with Gotze apparently eager to remain with the Bundesliga champions and Lewandowski seemingly keen to leave, with his agent recently confirming transfer talks with Real Madrid.


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And Scholl, who was a coach at Bayern until 2013, told ARD: “Something strange is happening.

“A player [Gotze], whose contract runs for one [more] year, wants to remain and has committed several times to the club, but this is not welcomed by the club and he allegedly must go.

“Another player [Lewandowski], whose contract runs for three years, is already talking with other clubs about a change and is still not declared for sale?

“Lewandowski does not have much cunning in Bavaria.

“He has scored 30 goals, has a three-year contract and is still negotiating with other clubs – he probably feels not too well at Bayern.”

Robben and Ribery in line for Bayern renewals

The Netherlands international and his French counterpart are expected to extend their stay at the Allianz Arena, with just one season remaining on their current deals

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will be offered contract renewals at some stage in the coming months.

Both wingers’ contracts are due to expire in June 2017, but Bayern are yet to open talks over new deals with the experienced attackers.

Nevertheless, Rummenigge has made it clear the Bundesliga champions are keen to hold on to both Robben and Ribery beyond the expiration of their existing deals.


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“I do not rule out that both will sign renewals with Bayern,” Rummenigge told Kicker

“We all know how incredibly important they are, both on and off the pitch.

“But both will have to be patient for a bit. It is only normal to wait a bit longer with players who are older than 30.”

Robben, 32, joined Bayern from Real Madrid in August 2009. The 33-year-old Ribery, meanwhile, has been with club since signing from Marseille in June 2007.

Boateng left 'sad' after politician's controversial comments

The Berlin-born international defender tried to shake off the discriminatory comments made by the German politician, claiming the issue remained “sad”

While he refused to go into more detail, Jerome Boateng admitted he was left saddened after hearing Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) politician Alexander Gauland’s controversial comments towards him.

Gauland, the deputy leader of the anti-immigration party, was quoted by newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung as saying “people like Boateng as a footballer, but wouldn’t want to live next to someone like him” in an apparent reference to the Bayern Munich defender’s foreign roots.

Boateng was born in Berlin to a German mother and Ghanaian father, and has represented the German national team over 50 times since 2009, including their successful 2014 World Cup campaign. 


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When asked about his thoughts on the comments, Boateng responded: “I do not assess it. Honestly I don’t have anything to say about this. I can only laugh.

“It’s sad that these things still happen nowadays.

“But I have heard and seen enough positive things [towards him].”

Gotze focusing on Euros over club future

Mario Gotze refused to comment on his club future, insisting his focus is solely on Germany’s upcoming Euro 2016 campaign. 

Gotze has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the Premier League, while former club Borussia Dortmund have admitted interest in the Germany international.

However, it appears the 23-year-old is keen to stay at Bayern Munich and work under incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti. 

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When quizzed about his future, Gotze said: “I think enough was written and done. 

“I’ve said everything about this. Now I’m at the Euros and don’t want to say anything about this.”

Gotze played 90 minutes on Sunday as Germany suffered a 3-1 defeat to Slovakia in a Euro 2016 warm-up friendly. 

“The second half was difficult. I think we did well until we lost a bit of our control over the opponent,” Gotze said about the performance.

“They scored an outstanding goal, to get two set-pieces mustn’t happen. I think that’s a big lesson for us. 

“The second half under those circumstances was quite difficult, but we have to deal with it. 

“We should have done better for sure.”

Germany face Hungary on Saturday in their final warm-up game for the Euros, where they will come up against Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in Group C.

Bayern Munich defend Boateng after racist comment from far-right politician

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has slammed a politician for his controversial comments aimed at the centre-back. insisting he is an example for all players to follow

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) politician Alexander Gauland following the latter’s controversial comments toward Jerome Boateng.

The deputy leader of the anti-immigration party stated at the weekend that “people like Boateng as a footballer, but wouldn’t want to live next to someone like him” in an apparent reference to the Bayern defender’s foreign roots.

Gauland’s remarks sparked controversy in Germany and Rummenigge has now taken aim at the right-wing politician.


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“Discrimination of any kind in sport and this society deserves the red card,” Rummenigge said in a statement on the official Bayern website.

“Jerome Boateng is a wonderful human being and an example to follow as a professional football player at this club.

“We are proud that he also plays for the German national team.”

The 27-year-old Boateng was born in Berlin and has won 57 caps for Germany, playing a key role in their successful 2014 World Cup campaign.

The defender has a Ghanaian father, with his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng having represented the African country at international level.