Felix Gotze leaves Dortmund for Bayern

The younger brother of Mario will continue his career with the reigning champions’ youth academy after following in his sibling’s footsteps by opting to depart from BVB

Bayern Munich have secured the services of promising youngster Felix Gotze – the younger brother of Germany hero Mario Gotze – from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.

Felix plied his trade with Dortmund’s U-17 team last season, but will now continue his career at the reigning Bundesliga champions after deciding to follow his brother’s example by joining Bayern.

“Felix has left Dortmund for Bayern, that is correct,” Bayern’s youth director Michael Tarnat confirmed to Sport Bild.

The 16-year-old is the third member of the Gotze family to leave Borussia Dortmund after the previous departures of Fabian to Mainz in January 2010 and Mario to Bayern in the summer of 2013.

Mario Gotze struggled to live up to the high expectations at Bayern in 2013-14 after joining them in a deal worth €37 million last year, but made amends at this summer’s World Cup as he netted the winner in Germany’s 1-0 final win over Argentina.

Kroos available for a certain price, says Rummenigge

Bayern Munich have confirmed that the Germany international will leave the club this summer if they are offered the right fee for the midfielder

Toni Kroos could part ways with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich this summer, according to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

A host of top European clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, have been reported to have shown interest in signing the player, however Real Madrid are currently leading the chase for the Germany international.

Rummenigge has confirmed that talks with Real are “ongoing”, however the midfielder will only be sold if Bayern are “offered a certain fee”.

Confirming that Kroos is the subject of a possible deal between Real and Bayern, Rummenigge told reporters: “Nothing is official yet, however he [Kroos] could be sold for a certain fee.”

“I can confirm that Toni and us are in talks with Real Madrid,” he added.

The former forward also talked about the reasons behind his club’s decision to potentially sell Kroos.

“It is clear we do not want to lose the player for free next year. We have a financial responsibility towards our club.

“Let me put it this way… We were not able to achieve [a contract renewal]. And then you can’t exclude [the possibility of] a transfer after the World Cup. It is possible this will happen.“

The 24-year-old has already won three Bundesligas, a Champions League, three DFB-Pokal titles and a Uefa Super Cup, however he has been open about his desire to move elsewhere in recent times and has previously referred to a move to Madrid as a “dream”.

Kroos, who represented Bayern on 51 occasions and scored four goals last season, was an ever-present in Germany’s World Cup winning squad, starting all seven of his side’s games and scoring two goals in the 7-1 demolition of Brazil.

Ribery returns to training

Bayern Munich have confirmed that the 31-year-old has re-joined practice with the team after recovering from a back injury which ruled him out of the World Cup

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has returned to training after missing the World Cup with a back injury.

The France star was ruled out of the tournament in Brazil due to the issue, which flared up during his country’s training camp in early June.

At the time, France coach Didier Deschamps said the 31-year-old would be unable to play or train for “several weeks”.

Ribery himself came out last month to deny reports that he might need surgery on the injury, and Bayern revealed on Tuesday that he is very much on the road to recovery.

Accompanying a picture of Ribery in training, the Bundesliga champions tweeted: “Welcome back, Franck! #Ribery is completing a fitness course at Sabener Strasse.”

While Ribery works his way back to fitness, several of his team-mates are in Berlin celebrating Germany’s World Cup triumph, which was sealed with an extra-time victory over Argentina on Sunday.

Bayern playmaker Mario Gotze came off the bench to score the winner for Germany, who defeated Ribery’s countrymen in the quarter-finals.

Bayern’s first competitive fixture of the 2014-15 is a little over a month away, as they begin their defence of the DFB-Pokal at third-tier outfit Preussen Munster on August 17.

Kroos and agent set to fly to Spain

The midfielder will reveal his choice by Wednesday morning at the latest, with his representative insistent he is still undecided as to his next move

Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos will fly to Spain with his agent on Tuesday as he prepares to reveal where he will be playing his football next season.

Widespread reports in recent days have claimed the midfielder is set to join Real Madrid after failing to agree a new deal with the Bundesliga club as his contract enters its final year.

Kroos, 24, had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but his agent says no definite decision has yet been made, although added there will be an announcement by the middle of the week.

It is not decided where Toni Kroos is heading. I can guarantee that,” Volker Struth told Express.

“We will travel to Mallorca on Tuesday when we will sit together and decide what he will do. On Tuesday evening or Wednesday in the morning we will announce the decision.”

The news appears to contradict quotes from Kroos himself, who stated that he already knew where he would be playing his football next season in a recent interview.

Current employers Bayern remain in the dark, however, with the club’s spokesman, Markus Horwick, explaining that the Bundesliga champions would only make a statement after confirmation from the player and his camp. 

He said: “We are waiting for an official reaction by Toni or his management. Only then we can speak about it.” 

Kroos was part of the Germany side who lifted the World Cup on Sunday evening after Mario Gotze fired them to a 1-0 win over Argentina in extra-time.

Germany deserve World Cup glory, says Guardiola

The Bayern boss feels Joachim Low’s men are deserved winners, while Matthias Sammer revealed the entire nation is celebrating the triumph

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola feels Germany are the deserved winners of the 2014 World Cup following their performances in Brazil.

Joachim Low’s men beat Argentina 1-0 after extra-time in Sunday’s final at the Maracana courtesy of a Mario Gotze goal in the 113th minute after previously dispatching Brazil 7-1, France 1-0 and Algeria 2-1 after extra-time in the knockout stages.

Germany had also finished top of their group after 4-0 and 1-0 wins over Portugal and USA respectively, with their own minor blot coming against Ghana, who held them to a 2-2 draw.

“This is amazing for Germany. I’d like to congratulate all my players and head coach Joachim Low,” Guardiola said in a message on the official Bayern website.

“Enjoy this unbelievable World Cup win. Germany fully deserve it.”

Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer, meanwhile, was full of praise for the national team as the nation celebrates the triumph.

“What an amazing win. I am delighted for the German national team, for Jogi Low and for Bayern’s seven world champions.

“This is a great achievement. Our team deserved this and all of Germany is delighted with it.”