Shaqiri hits back at Effenberg: He has no job

The former Germany international accused the winger of chasing money and said the 23-year-old had been “badly advised” in his move to Stoke City


Xherdan Shaqiri has hit back at Stefan Effenberg after the former Germany international claimed the winger had been “badly advised” following his switch to Stoke City.

The Switzerland international joined Stoke in a club-record £12 million deal from Inter earlier this week – a move which, according to Effenberg, has been motivated by money.

But Shaqiri, who could make his debut against Tottenham on Saturday, insists he is not focusing on the former Bayer Munich midfielder’s criticism.

“He has no job at the moment, so he can talk – he’s a free man,” said the 23-year-old.

“Anybody can talk who is free. But I don’t want to comment on this.

“I will concentrate on my job – I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to play. This is my job. It isn’t my job to comment on what people say.”

Robben: I hope De Bruyne snubs Manchester City

The Netherlands star wants to see Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga rivals keep their best players in order to make the competition richer


Arjen Robben says he hopes to see Kevin De Bruyne snubs Manchester City and stay at Wolfsburg.

The Belgium international has been the subject of a renewed transfer push from Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who launched a £45 million (€63m) bid for the former Chelsea man at the end of last week.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest, though Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking remains confident the 24-year-old will stay.

And, far from hoping that one of his side’s title rivals loses a star player, Robben says he wants to see De Bruyne resist any offers in order to keep the Bundesliga strong.

“I want the good players of other clubs to stay in the Bundesliga,” the Bayern winger told Algemeen Dagblad.

“You could think: Mats Hummels could move, Ilkay Gundogan could move or Marco Reus could move from [Borussia] Dortmund, or Kevin De Bruyne could go from Wolfsburg, and that would be fine, because the competition gets weakened. But I want as much resistance as possible and I want the competition to be as attractive as possible.

“Since I’ve been at Bayern, I have seen the Bundesliga grow. The football is alive here. I don’t want it to become lesser.”

Robben also believes the financial clout of the English Premier League is becoming disconcerting.

“The kind of money English clubs have available to spend is unbelievable. They buy everything they can,” he added.

Guardiola: Barcelona have the world's best player

The Bayern boss feels new signing Douglas Costa has plenty of potential but will not be the world’s best player, with that title belonging to a Camp Nou star

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola believes that the world’s best player has been at Barcelona for years.

The Bavarians have the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery among their ranks, while they added Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.

Though Guardiola is enthusiastic about the Brazilian’s future, he feels his former club have the world’s finest player.

“Douglas Costa could be one of the best. But not the best – he has been at Barcelona for years,” he told reporters.

Guardiola is also keen to make history by leading Bayern to their fourth Bundesliga title in a row, a feat no club has managed before in history.

“Nobody has managed the fourth championship, so that would be a big step,” said the head coach. “But we have strong competitors: not just Wolfsburg, but Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Dortmund and Schalke.

“In addition, I want to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with this squad, then we have to see what happens from there.”

Guardiola also dismissed the possibility that Kevin De Bruyne would be arriving at the club, or indeed that Mario Gotze or Thomas Muller might leave.

“Thomas remains, Mario remains, De Bruyne is not coming. I knew that a long time ago, for two weeks now,” he added, before discussing the fitness and form of Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso respectively.

“Ribery is getting better. We hope that he can come back as soon as possible. I speak here every day with him..

“In our [Champions League] semi-final against Barcelona, Xabi was our best player. He needs a midfielder who will play the ball and run at his side, then Xabi plays better.

“He’s an insane professional, I have no doubt about his quality. Thiago Alcantara could play an important role when he is fit, but he needs more minutes.”

Bayern kick off their Bundesliga campaign with a home clash against Hamburg on Friday.

Gotze must make a decision on his future – Rummenigge

The Bayern chief is confident that the 23-year-old wants to stay at the club this summer despite struggling for top form last season

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Mario Gotze is the only one who can decide his future at the club as speculation over his future continues.

The 23-year-old endured a disappointing campaign last season, having failed to recapture the form that made the German champions spend €37m to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

Gotze has subsequently been linked with the likes of Juventus this summer, while former Bayern star Giovane Elber has suggested the playmaker is unhappy at the club.

But Rummenigge is confident the World Cup winner wants to see out his current contract, which expires in two years.

“Mario has to make a decision,” he told reporters.

“Of course there is a big competition at his position but we all know how long his contract is – he has two more years.

“He told the club that he wants to stay and wants to compete – therefore I wish him good luck.”

Gotze featured for just five minutes in Bayern’s Supercup loss to Wolfsburg but did start and score in their DFB-Pokal victory over Nottingen.

English clubs can't throw their money at Muller – Rummenigge

The Germany international is a target for Manchester United but the Bayern Munich CEO is pleased to see that Premier League sides are unable to throw around their weight unchecked


Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is adamant that reported Manchester United target Thomas Muller “is not for sale”, poking fun at Premier League sides for throwing around their money.

Ever-increasing television revenue has seen English teams attract a great deal of talent to the top flight this summer, including unexpected deals such as Xherdan Shaqiri’s move to Stoke City and Yohan Cabaye joining Crystal Palace.

And Rummenigge is amused by their persistence but still has no intention of letting go of the Germany forward.

“Muller is not for sale,” he told reporters. “Our English colleagues seem to be unable to spend all of their money.”

As well as Muller, United have pursued Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos this summer but the Spain international is set to sign a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. Manchester City, meanwhile, have seen their plan to sign Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg drag out over the summer.

Bayern have also been linked to De Bruyne but Rummenigge is comfortable with their Bundesliga rivals’ declaration that the Belgian will not be sold.

“We won’t cause Wolfsburg any headaches,” he remarked. “Klaus Allofs said that it is 99.9 per cent sure that nothing is going to happen – and Bayern won’t get in at 100%.

“There might be English clubs who try their luck but it is nice to see that money isn’t everything – by which I mean Ramos, Muller, De Bruyne…”