Bayern need Douglas Costa's qualities, says Guardiola

The 44-year-old says the 24-year-old provides something his side were previously lacking and is convinced that he will make a great impact

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is eagerly anticipating the impact Douglas Costa can have on his side’s fortunes following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Brazil international sealed a switch to Bavaria for a €30 million last week as the German champions look for long-term successors to Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu subsequently claimed that the 24-year-old is not ready to make a serious impact on the first team but Guardiola feels his side need his new signing’s qualities.

“We needed a player with a lot of quality in one-on-ones,” he is quoted as saying by Sport.

“He is young, has played in the Champions League and has international caps. We’re convinced by him.”

Bayern have started their pre-season training camp and the former Barcelona boss is delighted with how things have panned out.

“It’s a good period with little stress.  We’ve started very well, the players are training very well.”

The 44-year-old also said he remains an ordinary man, despite the success he has already enjoyed during his short coaching career.

“My job is to coach but I’m just a normal person. I need contact with other people in the city, in restaurants. I love that.”

Guardiola: Muller has the world's best nose for goal

The Bayern Munich boss has hailed the attacker’s fitness and instincts but says there are areas where his game must improve

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola believes that Thomas Muller has exceptional predatory instincts but says there are still problems with his game.

The Germany international reportedly clashed with his coach in training this week over his methods, having struggled at times to make the XI in the Spaniard’s first two seasons in charge.

Though Guardiola is full of admiration for his charge, who scored 21 goals last season, he feels he has plenty of room for improvement.

“Thomas has super ability, but his quality isn’t in one-on-ones,” he is quoted as saying by TZ.

“He has something else. His nose in the box is the best. He is always there and he’s never injured. He can play anywhere.

“We need the people who are good at one-on-ones to get the ball to Thomas or Robert Lewandowski.”

Manchester United have been widely linked with a move for the 25-year-old but Guardiola has pleaded ignorance to the rumours.

“I don’t know anything there. I can’t help you.”

Benatia open to Real Madrid or Juventus move

The Morocco international says he wants to play at least 35 games next season after making just 24 appearances during the 2014-15 campaign

Medhi Benatia has admitted he would jump at the chance to move to Real Madrid or Juventus if he is not guaranteed more game time at Bayern Munich next season.

The Bavarians paid €28 million to prise the Morocco international away from Roma last summer but the centre-half featured in only 24 games in all competitions during the 2014-15 campaign.

As a result, Benatia is open to leaving the Allianz Arena for a club that would offer him regular first-team football.

“The interest of Real Madrid and Juventus would flatter any player because they are two great clubs,” the defender told Tuttosport. “Therefore, it cannot but make you happy.

“But I’m already at a great club, to whom I’m bound by contract for another four years.

“My goal is to win the Champions League but my main objective is to play 35-40 games next season.

“If I should realise that I’m not going to be able to do that, then I will start to look around.

“In football, as you know, anything can happen.”

Juve’s Serie A rivals Inter have also previously expressed their interest in bringing Benatia back to Italy.

Dani Alves: Guardiola wanted Brazil job – but they didn't want him

The full-back remains bemused by the decision not to give the former Barcelona boss the post prior to the World Cup last summer

Barcelona and Brazil defender Dani Alves has claimed Pep Guardiola was turned down for the Selecao head coach job before the World Cup.

The former midfielder has long been credited with an interest in taking on the Brazil post and is thought to have been in the running in the autumn of 2012, as the Brazilian Football Confederation sought a replacement for Mano Menezes.

Brazil ultimately handed the role to 2002 World Cup-winner Luiz Felipe Scolari, who oversaw the triumph at the 2013 Confederations Cup prior to the World Cup on home soil which saw them exit at the semi-final stage thanks to a now infamous 7-1 thrashing by Germany.

And Alves, who enjoyed supreme success under Guardiola at Barcelona, has hit out at the CBF for failing to appoint the current Bayern Munich boss when they had the chance.

“Before the World Cup, Pep wanted to coach the Brazil side but they weren’t keen,” the full-back told Bola de Vez.

“Pep said that he wanted to make us the best in the world and had a strategy planned out… but they didn’t want him.

“They said they didn’t know if the Brazilian people would accept him. But if you don’t accept the best in the world, someone who can make us better, you don’t care about the Selecao.

“Since I started playing for Brazil, he had a team in his head. Pep is the best coach in the world. He’s a guy who revolutionised football.

“We had the chance to get him without spending loads of money… his intention was only to receive money if he delivered results. How do you let an opportunity like that slide?”

Scolari was replaced by Dunga following the 2014 finals but the former midfielder failed to inspire success at this summer’s Copa America, as they exited at the quarter-final stage to Paraguay.

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Gotze must change, warns Beckenbauer

The midfielder has come under-fire after complaining of a lack of support following a disappointing campaign for his club

Franz Beckenbauer has warned Mario Gotze that he must change if he wants to succeed at Bayern Munich.

The midfielder joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 but has failed to nail down a regular starting berth at the Allianz Arena, leading to criticism from a number of figures in Germany.

Gotze’s agent recently complained that his client does not get the support he needs at Bayern, but Beckenbauer says the Germany international must take responsibility for his own performances.

“I don’t know whether Mario is lacking support at Bayern,” Beckenbauer told TZ.

“He could not have had a better team around him than here at Bayern in the past two seasons. I don’t know what kind of support he would need.

“The player himself is responsible for his own performances.

“If he wants to succeed at Bayern and really make an impact in his third season, he might have to change his game.

“He has to do more, especially in the one-on-ones. You have to offer more at this level.”

Gotze, 23, has a contract with Bayern until June 2017.