Vidal: Bayern should sign Coman

The Chile international has advised his club to make a move for the promising Juventus attacker whom he feels has a very bright future


Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal believes Juventus winger Kingsley Coman would prove to be a fine addition for the Bavarians if he were to make his way to the Allianz Arena.

The 19-year-old impressed with a number of fine displays in his maiden campaign with Juventus after joining the Serie A champions from Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern are keeping a close eye on his situation in Turin.

Coman has a contract with Juventus until 2019 and Bayern could face a tough task to lure him away from his current club, yet Vidal feels it would be worth the effort.

“Kingsley is not only a young player, but is also incredibly fast and has a lot of quality,” Vidal was quoted as saying by Sport Bild.

“He has a bright future ahead of him. He would be a fine signing for Bayern if he were to follow me to Munich.”

Vidal has been compared to former Bayern star Lothar Matthaus because of his style of play and he feels honoured to be likened to the ex-Germany midfielder.

“I read about the comparisons with Matthaus. I agree that we are similar type of players.

“It’s a huge compliment when someone like Lothar himself makes such a comparison. He has a big reputation in football. I hope that I can live up to the expectations.”

Low: Bayern won't walk to Bundesliga title this year

The World Cup winning coach has admitted the reigning champions are in good shape, but believes Wolfsburg can cause them problems

Germany coach Joachim Low has stressed that Bayern Munich are by no means guaranteed the Bundesliga title in 2015-16.

The Allianz Arena side faced little competition domestically over the past two seasons and have set their sights on their fourth straight league title this campaign.

However, Low believes Wolfsburg are one of several teams who have what it takes to challenge the reigning champions, even though he feels Bayern have strengthened well this summer.

“Bayern have become even more flexible with the arrival of Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa,” Low told the official DFB website.

“Pep Guardiola has a team of unrivalled quality. But that’s not to say the Bundesliga title is already theirs.

“Developments at Wolfsburg are rather impressive. I have a lot of faith in Dieter Hecking and his squad. They managed to hold on to their best players and signed a great player like Max Kruse.

“And other teams have the potential to get in the mix for the Bundesliga title as well. Wolfsburg will not be the only team out there challenging Bayern.”

Bayern kick off the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign with a home game against Hamburg on Friday evening.

Effenberg slams Shaqiri over Stoke move

The ex-Bayern midfielder has launched a scathing attack at the versatile attacker and has questioned his priorities

Former Germany international Stefan Effenberg has hit out at Xherdan Shaqiri over his decision to leave Inter for Stoke City.

The Switzerland international – who had only joined Inter from Bayern Munich in January – had also caught the attention of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, but opted to move to the Premier League instead.

Effenberg was not impressed by Shaqiri’s decision, though, and feels the 23-year-old has only joined Stoke for financial reasons.

“I do not understand Shaqiri’s move to Stoke at all. You have been badly advised if you go there,” Effenberg told Sky.

“You have to ask yourself where you can reach your sporting goals as a footballer. That should be the challenge. Schalke would have been perfect for Shaqiri.

“Earning €1 million more or less should be irrelevant. When you can make €6 million at Stoke or €3m at Schalke, you pick the latter. You play Bundesliga football in a great stadium, get your desired return to Germany and play for a great club that you can help move forward.

“But Stoke? Come on, I cannot understand the player, his agent, his parents or his brother. This is a shame and a sad state of affairs. Only because they are throwing around cash? Is it really all about money for footballers these days?”

Shaqiri has signed a five-year deal with Stoke.

Boateng targets Champions League glory with Bayern

The defender is confident in the strength of the German champions and says he could stay at the club until he retires

Jerome Boateng said that he believes Bayern Munich can win the Champions League this season and has admitted he could remain at the club for the remainder of his career.

The centre-back has been a key player for the Bundesliga side since his arrival from Manchester City in 2011.

The Germany international has won three league titles and the Champions League with the Bavarians and insisted he has no intention of leaving any time soon as he targets further European glory.

“I feel very comfortable here and I think that I have developed well at Bayern,” he told Sport1. “You never know what will happen in football, but I can absolutely imagine that I could retire here.

“I can identify with the club and I am delighted that I can play here.

“We have the potential to win the Champions League and in the other competitions. But other teams can do it too and it is always a very close fight.”

Bayern claimed another league title last term, with Wolfsburg coming well adrift in second, but Boateng is expecting a tough battle for the Bundesliga this term.

“I think Borussia Dortmund will be strong again. Gladbach and Leverkusen also have very good teams,” he warned.

Boateng recently signed with hip-hop artist Jay Z’s company Roc Nation Sport and is happy with the new relationship.

“He is a successful person, a great person. That was something special to meet him for me. 

“He is very down to earth, very relaxed, very personable and absolutely a great guy.

“We are not in touch every day or every week, but if I have something I want to say, I can always go to him.”

Bayern expect Guardiola to deliver the Champions League – Effenberg

The former midfielder admits the current coach’s future remains a problem for the club and discussed Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arturo Vidal and Mario Gotze

Bayern Munich expect Pep Guardiola to deliver the Champions League this season, according to former midfielder Stefan Effenberg.

The former Barcelona boss has claimed back-to-back Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal since arriving at the Allianz Arena in 2013, but has twice been knocked out at the semi-final stage in Europe.

Effenberg, who clinched Europe’s top prize in 2001, admits the pressure is growing on Guardiola’s shoulders to seal continental success along with domestic dominance.

He told Sky: Guardiola is a world-class coach. But he has to prove now that he can win the Champions League with this squad, because that’s what FC Bayern are expecting. Furthermore, there is an appeal to be the first team with four Bundesliga titles in a row. That’s the motivation for Bayern.”

Talk remains rife that Guardiola will not extend his stay at the Allianz Arena beyond next summer, with Manchester City widely touted as a potential next destination, and Effenberg concedes the coach’s uncertain future is a worry for the club.

“That is something worrying for Bayern,” said the former Germany international. “That Guardiola obviously doesn’t know if he is the right coach for Bayern fuels the discussions even more. That was quite surprising for me.”

Effenberg, meanwhile, believes Bastain Schweinsteiger made the right choice to leave for Manchester United this summer and has hailed the signing of Chile star Arturo Vidal as his replacement.

“From a sportive perspective it was the right decision,” he said of Schweinsteiger. “He moves from a world-class club to another world-class club. Manchester United are able to win the Champions League as well.

“It will also be a new experience for Bastian. I can understand him. Everyone is replaceable at Bayern – there is the possibility of buying players that cost €30m or €40m.”

“I like such characters – maybe he was missing at Bayern,” he added of Vidal. “He is a player who can set an example if necessary. With his behaviour, his aggression and his potential as a player he brings something new to Bayern’s midfield, which has been missing before.”

Effenberg has also urged Mario Gotze to force his way into Guardiola’s plans after inconsistent form for Bayern since his switch from Borussia Dortmund.

“He is an exceptional football player who needs the coach’s trust,” he said. “That was the reason why he showed some world-class performances under Jurgen Kopp at Dortmund.

“That’s different at Munich, where you have 20 more world-class players. That might be a reason why he isn’t feeling that comfortable. He needs to pursue the maximum, otherwise he is wrong here. He should try to win through and prove the performances he showed at BVB – then he will be world class.”

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