Bayern will buy Coman permanently from Juventus – Rummenigge

The 20-year-old winger joined on a two-year loan deal last year and, after impressing in his first season, the club want to make it a permanent move

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has made it clear Bayern Munich aim to use their option to sign Kingsley Coman on a permanent basis from Juventus.

The France international, 20, joined Bayern from the Serie A champions on a two-year loan deal last year for an initial fee of €7 million and impressed in his first season at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern have an option to sign Coman permanently for an additional €21m and Rummenigge has made it clear they plan to do just that.

“There is a huge probability that we will exercise our option to buy Kingsley,” the Bayern chief told TZ.

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Coman regularly featured in 2015-16 due to Arjen Robben’s injury problems, with the Dutchman missing the decisive stages of last season.

Bayern were beaten by Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League without the experienced winger and Rummenigge feels things could have panned out differently had Robben been around.

“Robben is a great player. Maybe we would have been able to score that extra goal we needed against Atletico to make the Champions League final had he been there,” he added. 

“We need Robben. I know that he is hugely unhappy whenever he cannot play due to injury. I wish he enjoys a great season. 

“Our medical staff are working hard to get him back. The start of the Bundesliga could be tricky, though.”

Renato Sanches a gamble for Bayern Munich – Rummenigge

The ex-Benfica youngster comes to the Allianz Arena with a budding reputation, but the Die Roten chief admits he and Leroy Sane represent a risk for their respective clubs

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits the €35million signing of Renato Sanches from Benfica is “a bit of a gamble”.    

The Bundesliga champions could end up paying as much as €80m for the Portugal international.    

Leroy Sane has left Germany for another huge fee after Manchester City splashed out €45m for the Schalke star.    

It always remains to be seen whether either of the promising youngsters can live up to the high expectations, but Rummenigge is pleased Bayern acted swiftly to sign the 18-year-old Sanches before he impressed at Euro 2016.     “

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Of course, transfers like that [Sanches and Sane] are always a bit of a gamble,” Rummenigge told TZ.    

“But all clubs are on the lookout for players like them.    

“Had we not made a move for Sanches this early, we would not have stood a chance after the Euros. I am very happy that we had the courage to spend €35m on what was already an expensive deal.    

“He is a player who has a lot of personality and power for someone his age. I hope we will bring us a lot of joy.”

Ancelotti: Zidane has charisma to manage Madrid

Ahead of being reunited with his old right-hand man, the Bayern coach asserted that he always saw great things in the French legend during their time together

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his former assistant Zinedine Zidane always had the quality and charisma to manage Real Madrid.

The Italian was in charge in the Spanish capital for two years, with the World Cup winner his understudy, winning the Champions League in his first season.

Ancelotti’s reign was followed by Rafael Benitez’s appointment, but, after the now Newcastle United boss’ sacking, Zidane stepped in to guide Madrid to yet more European glory.

And ahead of a clash against the Frenchman’s side in the International Champions Cup, the 57-year-old explained how Zidane’s attributes are suited to the top job at Santiago Bernabeu.

“He was my assistant and we had a great experience together,” Ancelotti told the media.

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“Zizou has great quality and I was sure that one day he would be coaching Real Madrid.

“He has experience, he was a great player, and he has charisma, which is the number one thing a person needs to have a relationship with his players.”

However, the former AC Milan manager added that he still hopes to get the better of Zidane in this season’s Champions League.

“It’s great to see Zizou,” he said. “I wish him all the best – a little more in Spain than in Europe, obviously.

“But I’m sure they will do well.”

Ribery: Hoeness will return to Bayern

Having been released early from a jail term for tax evasion charges, the former Germany star could make a comeback at the Allianz Arena

Franck Ribery has backed former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness to return to the club, following his release from prison.

The 64-year-old served half of a three-and-a-half-year jail term for tax evasion, and is now considering his future within football.

Hoeness – who was released from jail in February –is reportedly due to make a decision on any potential role at the German champions this week, and Bayern winger Ribery is keen to work with the 1974 World Cup winner again.

“I am sure that he will come back,” the Frenchman told Bild.

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“Uli Hoeness is so important for the club. Bayern Munich has so much power, but Uli can again give the club still more power.

“He has so much power, so much euphoria. Uli is the heart of the club.”

After appearing for the club over 300 times, winning three Bundesliga titles and three European Cups, Hoeness served as Bayern’s sporting director for 30 years.

He was then club president for a further five years up until his conviction in 2014.

Lahm: Schweinsteiger destined to return to Bayern Munich

The Germany international departed the Allianz Arena for Old Trafford last summer but his compatriot and former team-mate is certain he will return once his career is over

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm believes Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is destined to return to the Bundesliga champions once he retires.

The 32-year-old joined Bayern as a youth team player in 1998 and only departed last season, joining Manchester United.

However, Lahm has little doubt that his compatriot will return to the club in a non-playing capacity once his career has ended.

“It is important to get players who achieved a lot involved,” Lahm told Sport Bild.

“Someone like Schweinsteiger is destined to work at Bayern again.

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“He knows everyone here and knows about everything that is going on.”

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, meanwhile, was quick to stress that the club are ready to offer the ex-Germany international an opportunity to return when the opportunity arises.

“We are happy to sit down with him if he ever expresses a desire to return to Bayern in a different role,” he added.

Schweinsteiger endured a difficult first season at United, partially due to ongoing injury problems, and there are doubts over his future at Old Trafford as reports claim he is not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The midfielder’s contract in Manchester runs until 2018.