Robben ruled out for four weeks with injury

The former Chelsea man limped off clutching his groin against Iceland on Thursday and now faces a month on the sidelines to fully recover


Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering an injury while on international duty with Netherlands.

The winger limped off midway through the first half against Iceland and is now set for a month on the sidelines as he recovers.

Robben will now miss Bayern’s opening two Champions League group games against Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb as well as the Bundesliga clash against last season’s runners-up Wolfsburg on September 22.

He also faces a race against time to be fit to face Borussia Dortmund on October 4, though he will definitely miss Oranje’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Turkey on Sunday.

Arjen #Robben will be out for four weeks after picking up an injury on international duty. #GetwellsoonArjen pic.twitter.com/RmhVTBq19z

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 4, 2015

The former Chelsea man has been replaced by Sunderland’s Jeremain Lens for Sunday’s match in Konya while new manager Danny Blind has also called up Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk to replace the suspended Bruno Martins Indi.

Speaking of his injury on Thursday evening, Robben told NOS: I was super fit, but after a few knocks I felt it in my back. That went on to my groin and I couldnt go on with the match.

“Now I will go back to Munich and I will not be playing against Turkey.”

Douglas Costa: I've replaced Ribery well

The 24-year-old has had a blistering start to life at Bayern Munich and believes he has done well to fill the void left by the injured France international


Douglas Costa believes he has proven to be an effective replacement for Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich in the early stages of the season.

Injury limited France international Ribery to just 15 Bundesliga appearances last term and he has been out of action since March.

Brazilian forward Costa was signed from Shakhtar Donetsk for €30 million to increase coach Pep Guardiola’s options on the wings, but while he admitted he wants to emulate Ribery, his former coach Mircea Lucescu insisted the 24-year-old is not yet at that level.

Costa, though, believes he has got off to a bright start at the Allianz Arena, having bagged two assists and one goal in his opening three Bundesliga appearances.

“Guardiola has trusted me from the beginning 100 per cent,” he told reporters. “I felt immediately at ease in the team. I think I have filled the gap that Ribery has left since his injury well.

“I have to use this opportunity. When I came to Bayern, everyone was talking about Arjen Robben and Ribery.

“I have given it my best.

“Guardiola is a coach who prefers attacking football and we do in the national team also we have a lot of possession, you can see it in our games, this fast paced play I think suits me.”

The winger is in direct competition with Neymar for a spot in the Brazil national team but has warned he will put up a fight to displace the Barcelona man.

“Neymar is a great player, but I want my place,” he said.

Bayern Munich reveal massive Muller bid

The forward was linked with a move to Manchester United this summer and the Bavarians have admitted they turned down an extraordinary offer

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed Thomas Muller was the subject of a massive transfer bid this summer.

The forward was continually linked with a move to Manchester United – where he would have been reunited with the Bundesliga champions’ former boss Louis van Gaal and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger – over the course of the transfer window.

Bayern have now admitted to receiving an incredible bid for the 25-year-old World Cup winner, but stopped short of confirming United were the interested party.

Rummenigga told Suddeutsche Zeitung: “I’m talking about figures which were very high indeed. If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it.

“But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it and this door is remaining closed – I can promise that to everybody.

“One thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future.”

According to Deloitte, the Premier League has broken the £1 billion mark for transfer spending in a single year for the first time in 2015.

With England’s top tier spending a total of £870 million this summer, almost double the next highest (Serie A, £450m), Rummenigge wants the Bundesliga’s TV rights deal to increase before they are left out of sight and has urged ARD – a consortium of public broadcasters in Germany – to challenge Sky to drive the price up over €1bn in Germany.

“The ARD has allowed itself to lose the qualification matches of the national team and the Olympic rights,” the 59-year-old added.

“There is a competition called the Bundesliga and there is no reason not to create a contest called television, especially with pay TV.”

Rummenigge also revealed how impressed he was with the level of investment in youth football in England following a recent visit to the country.

“I have taken a look at Manchester City’s youth academy and all I can say is it doesn’t get any better than that,” he continued.

“I have also visited Tottenham’s, Arsenal’s and Chelsea’s and it’s the same wherever you go. I can tell you that the English are going all out in terms of youth development.”

Costa: Robben row hasn't put me off showboating

The Dutchman reprimanded his Brazilian team-mate after an outrageous piece of skill, but the former Shakhtar Donetsk star insists that he has not been deterred


Douglas Costa has insisted that he would repeat the showboating skills he showed during Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen if given the chance, despite an argument with winger Arjen Robben.

The Brazilian, who joined the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, produced an audacious trick in the closing stages of the club’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, and was subsequently reprimanded by the Dutchman.

Costa, though, remains unruffled by the criticism and says it has not put him off such displays of skill.

“There is a lot of talk about what I discussed with Robben,” he said. “After the game he told me that he knows the quality of Brazilian footballers, but also advised me to be careful with such tricks in German football because the audience and the opposing players in the Bundesliga do not like it.

“I thanked him and told him that I will make it up to him when the chance to do such a thing comes around again.

“I think that’s part of the game and part of Brazilian football.”

Bayern pulled out of De Bruyne deal – agent

The midfielder left Wolfsburg for Manchester City shortly before the end of the transfer window, but came close to moving to the Allianz Arena

Kevin De Bruyne’s agent has revealed Bayern Munich were interested in signing his client before pulling out of a deal earlier this summer.

The midfielder left Wolfsburg for Manchester City in a €74 million transfer, but the Premier League club faced competition for his signature prior to sealing the move.

“We had heard that Bayern were interested so I phoned the club,” Patrick de Koster told Sporza.be. 

“Things then accelerated quickly over the next two days but then Bayern decided not to go ahead with the transfer.

“I didn’t use Bayern to drive up the price – I’m not a carpet salesman. PSG were also interested, but City won the race.”

De Koster also revealed how City rolled out the red carpet to ensure they got their star man.

“It was impressive, as in a movie,” he continued. “We flew there with private jets, were picked up in limousines…”

“We also thought we would have a lot of work to find a new home, open a bank account, arrange phone, a car … but in three hours it was all arranged. Unbelievable.”