Serdar Tasci regrets Bayern Munich move

The on-loan defender has voiced his frustration with his lack of playing time at the reigning Bundesliga champions and says he would be interested in a return to Stuttgart

Serdar Tasci has admitted he regrets his decision to leave Spartak Moscow for Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.

The Bavarians brought in Tasci on loan until the end of the season after they lost Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury, but the centre-back has been unable to make much of an impact at the Allianz Arena.

Tasci has featured just once in all competitions and he has acknowledged he expected more from his transfer.

“I would not have joined Bayern had I known that I would get any playing time,” Tasci told Bild.

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Bayern have an option to sign Tasci on a permanent deal, but seem unlikely to buy the 28-year-old, whose future remains undecided for now.

“We will see what happens at the end of the season. I don’t know yet what my future looks like,” the former Stuttgart man added.

“We will have to wait and see what options I have. It is too soon to say anything about it.

“A return to Stuttgart? That could be an interesting option.”

Nasri: I'm so hungry Guardiola will be lucky to work with me!

The Frenchman is back from a long injury lay-off and determined to play his part in the new manager’s revolution, insisting his determination will be a huge plus point

Samir Nasri is determined to stay at Manchester City and says Pep Guardiola will be a “lucky man” if he decides to work with him this summer.

Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as manager at the end of the current season and has already identified a list of transfer targets as he plots an extensive squad overhaul.

Many current City players are expected to be shown the door in the off-season, but Nasri, who capped his first start since September with a goal against West Brom on Saturday, is certain he still has plenty to offer.

The Frenchman is excited to be back in action having spent the last five months on the sidelines and, although he has not yet had any assurances from the incoming coach, he is desperate to make the most of his opportunities and says he will do everything to ensure Guardiola can take advantage of his attributes.

“I don’t know because you never know, maybe he comes with his ideas and stuff,” Nasri told reporters. “I played against him in the past [for Arsenal], he had some praise for me but I think that was like five years ago now.

“That is one thing. When he is going to start I am going to be fresh so I hope that will help me and I will try to perform, because when you have been out for so long you are more hungry when you come back, you don’t want to waste your time.

“You want to be back with a bang and be fit for my team. If I stay working with Pep Guardiola, if he wants me, he’s just going to be a lucky man because I will be really hungry.”
Nasri, unlike many of his club-mates, will not be joining up with his national team this summer and will report for City’s pre-season training at the start of July.

Having spent the majority of this season recovering from a freak tendon injury which required surgery and around 100 stitches to rectify, the 28-year-old is in no mood for a summer break and, once he has helped City finish the season strongly, is looking forward to talking over his future with Guardiola.

“You have to discuss with the manager when there is a new manager,” he added, “I just know that I am the type of player for his philosophy and the way he likes his team to play, so we are just going to see. On the first day of pre-season I will have a chat with him because I am going to be really hungry.”

Nasri, who is just as determined to shine for Pellegrini in the final weeks of his reign, says he “loves” Guardiola’s style of play, but will not get too carried away before he knows whether or not he will be given a chance by the Catalan.

“It’s exciting. If Manuel was staying it’s the same thing. [Guardiola] is a great manager, maybe the best in the world. It’s exciting if you are part of his plan. If you are not part of his plan, it’s not exciting at all.

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“Even if it was not my generation, I was a huge huge fan of Johan Cruyff, and [Guardiola] copied everything off him because he was one of his players. I love the way his teams play, having the possession of the ball, 70 per cent, so it’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Nasri signed a contract extension until 2019 less than two years ago, but while he talked at length about working his way into Guardiola’s plans, he has warned that he will not stick around if he cannot get regular game time.

“Of course I want to stay,” he continued. “That’s why I extended my contract. But at the end of the day I am a player and I want to play. You can do whatever you want, but if you are sitting on the bench you are not happy no matter if you have signed a 25-year deal. It doesn’t matter.

“The only thing that matters is when you are on the pitch. I am OK with everything, I am OK to be a team player. If I don’t perform, to sit on the bench, of course I’ll accept it, but if I play I just want to be one of the starters if I perform. That’s just how it is.”

'Guardiola will EASILY win the Premier League'

Jan Kirchoff, who left Bayern for Sunderland in January, says Manchester City will coast to the title under the incoming boss, who he also credits as key to Germany’s World Cup win

Jan Kirchhoff believes Pep Guardiola will change the Premier League when he takes over Manchester City next season and will make them champions with ease.

The Bayern Munich coach is targeting the third Champions League title of his career this term as he prepares to bid farewell to the Bundesliga giants at the end of the campaign and take the helm at City.

And former Bayern player Kirchhoff, who joined Sunderland in January, is confident that Guardiola’s arrival will see the English top flight as whole benefit, insisting the Spaniard will be a champion in no time.

“Pep Guardiola’s going to win this league and change this league like you’ve never seen before,” Kirchhoff told The Guardian.

“I’m totally sure. He’s going to build one of the greatest teams at Manchester City and win the league without any trouble. You’re going to see a totally different way of playing. It’s one of the best situations English football’s going to have for a long, long time.”

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The 25-year-old, who spent three years at the Bavarian side, believes Guardiola’s belief in youth and the way he improves his team will help boost English football significantly, insisting that the Spaniard had a key role in Germany’s World Cup win in 2014.

“This is the same situation we had in Germany maybe five years ago,” Kirchhoff added. “We had a lot of young, talented, homegrown players getting into our best teams – and these teams had really good coaches: Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund and Guardiola at Bayern. And the national team exploded.

“I don’t think we won the World Cup because of our unbelievable national head coach [Joachim Low]. I think we won it because of Guardiola and Klopp. It was because these talented players were taking all the football knowledge they’d learnt from their club coaches into the national team.

“It depends how many English players Guardiola has at City. But everyone who plays for him will tell you he makes you so much better. You understand this game in a totally different way.

“If Guardiola has a lot of English players they’ll improve and make the England team better. It’s the same with another coach I really like: Mauricio Pochettino. You can already see the influence of Pochettino’s Tottenham on England. All his players know what to do, have a good reading of the game and are so intelligent, technical, unbelievable.

“I think the whole league’s going to be better for Guardiola and Pochettino – and Klopp at Liverpool.”

Maier: Bayern will win the Bundesliga, but Dortmund play great football

The former Germany international believes the new BVB coach has done wonders to take the club from to a title fight after Jurgen Klopp left, even if they fall short

Bayern Munich icon Sepp Maier has been impressed with Borussia Dortmund’s progress under Thomas Tuchel this season, even though he believes the Bundesliga title race is over.

With six league games remaining, Bayern are five points clear of Dortmund and on course to lift the trophy for a fourth successive season.

It is an advantage the 72-year-old cannot see his former side relinquishing.

“I have looked at the schedule and I think that Bayern will win the league title confidently,” Maier told Omnisport.

However, the 1974 World Cup winner admitted that he is fond of Dortmund and their style of play under Tuchel.

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After battling from the relegation zone over the mid-season break to a seventh-placed finish under Jurgen Klopp last term, his 42-year-old replacement has inspired Dortmund to a much-improved campaign, catching Maier’s eye.

“Of course, they had a small crisis as they were at the bottom of the table,” he said.

“But they have improved again and now under the new coach they play great football.

“They play aggressively – nice dynamic football – like Borussia Monchengladbach in our times.”

While Bayern travel to Stuttgart on Saturday, Dortmund face Schalke in the Ruhr derby on Saturday.