Bayern interest me, confirms Ntep

The young France star claims if the Bavarians come back for him then he will be prepared to listen, while he has not made going to Euro 2016 a target

Rennes star Paul-Georges Ntep has confessed he would be interested in a potential move to Bayern Munich.

The German side were linked with the France winger during the summer, but a pre-season injury quashed the 23-year-old’s chances of an immediate Allianz Arena switch.

Nevertheless, should Pep Guardiola’s side return with an offer, Ntep claims he would be open to joining the Bundesliga champions.

“Bayern interest me,” he told Telefoot. “England and Germany have spectacular leagues in which attackers gain recognition quickly.”

Meanwhile, the Cameroon-born attacker confessed that his immediate target for this season is with Rennes and not gaining caps for France ahead of the country hosting Euro 2016.

“The European Championship is not a target for me because I’m still young. My objective is to play well for my club,” he added. “If Didier Deschamps calls me, it would be great, but going to the Euros is not my target.”

After a couple of disappointing campaigns for Rennes, the Roazhon Park side have set their sights higher this season and want to battle for a top-five finish in Ligue 1.

“The group has evolved recently,” Ntep continued. “We feel that this season we’ve got something extra. My target next season is to play European football – with Rennes or elsewhere.”

Ntep has been restricted to only four appearances with Rennes since the start of the season because of a variety of fitness problems, but has still contributed two goals to the Bretons’ cause.

Only two goals!? Lewandowski's in crisis! – Sammer

The Bayern sporting director joked that the Poland international was struggling after he followed up his five goals against Wolfsburg with a brace against Mainz

Sporting director Matthias Sammer has jokingly suggested  Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is enduring a personal crisis following his double in the 3-0 Bundesliga win over Mainz .

The Poland international netted five times in midweek to help Bayern to a 5-1 win over Wolfsburg and added two more goals versus Mainz to make it 10 from six league appearances this campaign.

“Lewandowski is now going through a crisis,” Sammer jokingly told reporters.

“He scored only two goals against Mainz.

“But we are very satisfied with how things are going overall. We still have a 100 per cent record in the Bundesliga.” 

Lewandowski, meanwhile, was delighted to continue his fine run of form as he surpassed 100 Bundesliga goals in the process.

“You must always have faith that you will score as a striker. I am very happy that I got two more goals and that we won,” the striker was quoted as saying by Spiegel .

“It was not easy for us, but things went better after the first goal. We kept on going and scored a second. It was clear that we would win after the third goal.

“We now have two important games coming up against Dinamo Zagreb and Borussia Dortmund and we want to win both of them.”

Guardiola delighted to see off tricky Mainz test

The former Barcelona coach was happy to see his Bayern side eventually break down their opponents with Robert Lewandowski scoring his 100th German league goal

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola praised the Bundesliga champions’ all-round display after maintaining their 100 per cent start to the league season with Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Mainz.

Guardiola’s team have now equalled the record for the best start to a Bundesliga season with a seventh straight win, as in-form Robert Lewandowski scored twice along with Kingsley Coman.

The visitors were made to wait until six minutes into the second half before Lewandowski opened the scoring as Martin Schmidt’s side made life difficult at the Coface Arena.

However, a delighted Guardiola told reporters: “It was pretty difficult here, Mainz are a very physical and dynamic team.

“We have played well for 85 minutes – the first five minutes of the second half we were still in the dressing room.

“But today I am very, very happy, because I know how hard it is to win in Mainz.

“We have controlled the game well, created a few chances and a few counter-attacks. It’s three more points and now we must think about the next match.”

Mainz 0-3 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski scores 100th Bundesliga goal

The striker made it seven goals in a week with a double on Saturday, while Kingsley Coman also found the back of the net after scoring his first goal for the club last weekend

Robert Lewandowski reached a century of Bundesliga goals to help Bayern Munich secure their best start to a league season by comfortably beating Mainz 3-0 at the Coface Arena.

In his 168th league appearance, the Poland international picked up where he left off following his record-breaking five-goal haul in the 5-1 thrashing of Wolfsburg on Tuesday by netting a second-half double. 

Thomas Muller had earlier missed a first-half penalty before Lewandowski broke the deadlock and reached his milestone with a 51st minute header. He is the fastest non-German player to reach 100 league goals.

Lewandowski then rounded off a neat move 12 minutes later for his seventh goal in two matches. Coman added a third when he arrived at the far post to steer home Douglas Costa’s cross, as Bayern made it seven wins from seven to extend their 100 per cent record at the top of the table. 

The Bundesliga champions had won their previous six meetings with Mainz and were very much on the front foot in the opening stages.

And Muller was handed the perfect opportunity to put Bayern ahead from the penalty spot after 20 minutes.

Coman collected a wonderful cross-field pass and cut into the area from the wing, before being brought down by a desperate challenge from Pablo de Blasis.

Muller seemed to hesitate as he stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and cleared the crossbar with his poor effort.

Mainz struggled to really gain a foothold in the contest, though they did have a good chance of their own to take the lead seven minutes later when Yoshinori Muto pulled a drilled shot just wide of the near post.

The visitors, though, continued to dominate and Costa embarked on a strong run towards the penalty area before letting fly with a powerful 25-yard effort that needed goalkeeper Loris Karius to push it over.

The deadlock was finally broken six minutes after the restart when Lewandowski pulled away from his marker to meet Coman’s cross and plant his header perfectly beyond the reach of Karius.

Lewandowski doubled his tally soon after when some crisp and incisive play saw him latch onto a throughball from substitute Arturo Vidal before rounding Karius and sliding home.

Bayern put the game beyond any doubt when some good work from Costa down the left led to him pulling the ball across the area for Coman to latch onto and make it 3-0.

Mainz were very much beaten by that point, although they went close to grabbing a consolation when Christian Clemens rattled the crossbar from a tight angle.

Lewandowski saw a hat-trick chance go begging when he pounced on an error by the Mainz defence, who just about recovered to prevent the Pole from netting again after a neat one-two with Xabi Alonso.

Mainz 0-3 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski continues hot streak

The striker made it seven goals in a week with a double on Saturday, while Kingsley Coman also found the back of the net after scoring his first goal for the club last weekend

Robert Lewandowski scored his sixth and seventh goals of the week to help Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win over Mainz in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

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