Thomas Müller from FC Bayern talks about a comeback in the DFB team

Thomas Müller seems open to a return to the German national soccer team. “As I said, none of us resigned,” said the 2014 world champion after his FC Bayern 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen on Saturday on Sky. But he was “not of the opinion that we should discuss players”. After the 6-0 defeat of the DFB selection last Tuesday in Spain “we should discuss other things”. His “main focus” is also “on the club”.

Like his Munich team-mate Jérôme Boateng and Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Müller was sorted out by national coach Joachim Löw in March 2019. The 60-year-old justifies the decision with the change in personnel, so far he has not deviated from his course. The return of at least parts of the trio was repeatedly called for from different sides – not least after the Spain game by several experts.

Müller said on Saturday: “Of course you suffer with your teammates in the club and your former national team colleagues as well as the spectators.” The fans “longed for things to go well again,” said the 31-year-old. “At the moment there is a lot of negativity around the topic, it really hurts.” In the Nations League in Seville, the national team lost as much on Tuesday as it has not since 1931.

The national team’s crisis allegedly does not burden the work at Bayern Munich. “The boys are professionals enough,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic on Saturday in the Sky interview before the game with a view of the Munich national team. The training was good and there were talks with the returning players. “I’m not worried that it won’t continue the way it ended in Dortmund,” emphasized Salihamidzic. The national team should analyze what happened in Seville. “We do our work here exactly as we did it before.”

Salihamidzic did not confirm reports about the supposedly imminent departure of Jérôme Boateng from Bayern next summer. “We all know that Jérôme has an ongoing contract until June 30, 2021,” said Salihamidzic. “We will meet with him and his management at a reasonable time and make a fair decision for everyone.” The former national player’s contract was “not at all our topic at the moment”.

Boateng (32) himself had said that he was “surprised” by the customer that his contract should not be extended beyond the summer of 2021. Coach Hansi Flick had expressed his great appreciation for the central defender on Friday. “He’s a player who has shown outstanding performance, he’s won the triple for the second time. Little need to be said about its qualities, ”he said. “Jérôme certainly knows how I see the whole thing and how I feel about it.”

FC Bayern meanwhile have to fear defender Lucas Hernández’s failure. The world champion hit the ground after a duel in a 1-1 draw against Bremen and was replaced after 19 minutes. He had problems with his hip and will be examined on Sunday, said coach Flick. “We have to wait and see.” For Hernández, who signed for 80 million euros last year, a long absence would be particularly bitter, as he is now a regular at the Munich team as a left-back after a difficult first season.

Alphonso Davies is missing as another left-back injured. Flick hopes that in Wednesday’s Champions League game against RB Salzburg midfielder Corentin Tolisso and right-back Bouna Sarr can return after their muscular problems. “We’ll have to wait and see,” said Flick.

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David Alaba injured after contract poker with Bayern Munich

Dhe father of David Alaba sees his son offended in the contract debate at Bayern Munich. The defender of the German soccer record champions was “so disappointed and injured because so many wrong things are conveyed in public,” said George Alaba to the Austrian news agency APA on Tuesday evening at an event in Vienna. Alaba senior, who also advises his son, did not comment specifically on the future of the 28-year-old. “I don’t know how it will go on,” he said and asserted: “He is mentally strong and can handle the matter in a relaxed manner.”

Bayern President Herbert Hainer announced at the beginning of November that there would be “no more offers” for the Austrian national player after months of playing with him and his advisor. Alaba, whose contract expires in the summer of 2021, was surprised by this news, but also disappointed and injured that he did not find out personally from the club’s officials.

Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic later said that he expected the defender to leave. “Now I don’t know how we’re supposed to get together,” said Salihamidzic. According to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however, the door is “still a crack” for a possible agreement.

After the failed negotiations with Alaba, the club is allegedly planning an early contract extension with Leon Goretzka (25). Although the national player is still tied to the German record champions until mid-2022, the first talks should begin shortly, reports “Sport Bild”. President Hainer did not want to comment specifically on the information. “We have an excellent team with a very good mix of young, highly talented and experienced, excellent players, and of course we want to keep this team together for the long term,” he said simply.

The contracts of Niklas Süle (25, running until mid-2022) and Joshua Kimmich (25, until mid-2023) should also be discussed at an early stage, according to “Sport Bild”. “Our sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and his team will approach this task strategically, they know exactly what to do,” said Hainer.

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FC Bayern Munich is still keeping the door open to David Alaba

Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge leaves a back door open in the David Alaba case after the failed contract negotiations. “If David wants to stay at FC Bayern, which at least I don’t rule out entirely, you have to think about finding a way that is easy on the face for both sides. The door is still ajar, ”Rummenigge told Sky TV before the top game in Dortmund, in which Alaba scored 1-1 in Munich’s 3-2 win.

You have to deal with the topic calmly, added the former national player and also refrained from critical words in the direction of the Austrian: “David Alaba has been with FC Bayern for over twelve years. He’s been an important player over the years. He has won an incredible number of titles with us and has been a triple winner twice in all that time. It’s important to put the quality of the player and the person in the right light. “

Rummenigge is still optimistic about the financial difficulties of some clubs in the wake of the corona pandemic. “I don’t want any club to get into trouble. I think as long as we don’t have a total lockdown in football and are allowed to continue playing, that will also be prevented. ”He appeals to continue playing football. “That is the most important thing in football as a cultural asset,” emphasized Rummenigge.

The triple winner withdrew an offer to his longtime defender last weekend, and the fronts seemed hardened. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic recently presented a farewell to Alaba in the summer as inevitable. “They say: never say never. But I don’t know how we can find each other anymore, ”said Salihamidzic last week. Alaba could make a free transfer this summer.

Coach Hansi Flick also reiterated his wish for Alaba to stay at Bayern. “He was trained here, has been here for a long time and is an absolute top performer. So it would be a good thing if he would continue to play for Bayern Munich, ”said the coach of the table leader in the“ Current Sports Studio ”(ZDF). The coach hopes for a positive signal from the 28-year-old defender: “He’s now alone in the driver’s seat. He has to decide how he sees his future. “

The great importance the Austrian Alaba can have for his team was demonstrated in Dortmund when he made it 1-1 with a deflected free kick shortly before half-time. “David Alaba’s goal just before half-time was important. We were able to take a deep breath, ”said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

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FC Bayern: Statements by the Bayern bosses show strategy in the Alaba case

NAfter the late return, there was still a corona test. At around two o’clock in the morning, the FC Bayern players got off the team bus in front of the club headquarters on Säbener Strasse on Wednesday, and only after the smear did they go to bed at the end of this long working day. For the remainder of Wednesday, coach Hans-Dieter released “Hansi” Flick.

The German record champions won their third group game in the Champions League at Red Bull Salzburg 6: 2 (2: 1). “It sounds very clear, but it wasn’t like that,” said Flick. “Salzburg caught us cold one time or another.”

For the 55-year-old, it was the eleventh victory in the premier class in a row – only coach legend Jupp Heynckes achieved a long series of successes (twelve wins in a row in two terms of office). On match day, Flick was in office for exactly one year.

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In terms of the joy of playing and the results of his team, he was satisfied. And yet the mood in Munich was not exuberant. The David Alaba case overshadows her wave of sporting success.

Who is telling the truth

The club has withdrawn its contract offer for the defensive star, most recently Alaba is said to have received an offer for a five-year contract. The player denies the rumored salary claims, there is talk of the offered eleven million euros plus bonuses that should not have been enough for him. Who is telling the truth

After the game, Flick reacted annoyed to questions about statements by sports director Hasan Salihamidzic: “I can’t comment on that. I ask for your understanding, you have to ask one of them. I wasn’t there for the conversation. “

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The coach is upset that the Alaba cause is causing such unrest in the club this important week. On Saturday (6.30 p.m., Sky) Bayern will compete in the top game of the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund. Alaba poker is a big topic in the team. “It’s not an easy situation for him. We as a team are absolutely behind him, ”said central defender Jérôme Boateng. Sounds like the team doesn’t really understand what the club is doing.

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Salihamidzic had surprised with a clear statement in the Sky interview before kick-off in Salzburg. “In life and football, one should never say never. But I don’t know how we’re supposed to find each other, ”said the sports director. “We made an offer that was rejected, and now we have to deal with David leaving us.”

Rummenigge wishes to stay

The club wanted to have planning security in this important personnel. Last Saturday he spoke to Alaba’s advisor, and on Sunday he sought a conversation with David. “I wanted to know what was going on. But there wasn’t much left. “

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, on the other hand, made public that Alaba could continue to stay. The CEO said “Sport-Bild”: “We all want David to stay. David Alaba now has to make a decision for himself. “

Bayern coach Hansi Flick (right) has to try to somehow keep Alaba happy

Bayern coach Hansi Flick (right) has to try to somehow keep Alaba happy

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The partly contradicting statements raise the question: Are the Bayern bosses divided? With Alphonso Davies (injured until the end of the year) and Lucas Hernández, two players would be available in the event of Alaba’s departure, with whom Munich can form a new defense. Salihamidzic handled both transfers.

In negotiations, the distribution of roles in “Good Cop” and “Bad Cop” is a classic. Salihamidzic is building pressure on the Alaba side with his statement, the approach should be tactical. Bayern are keen not to publicly blame Alaba for the escalation from all sides.

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Thomas Müller takes it calmly. “Let’s let the future surprise us,” he said. “The good thing about David is that regardless of these discussions in the square, he stands by himself. But at Bayern it’s nice when something moves. We also want it to crackle a bit. I used to like to read about FC Hollywood. “

Alaba and his father George, who advises him, must now ask themselves whether they will continue to entrust Pini Zahavi with the negotiations. The notorious player agent has the role of greedy in the matter, apparently with high demands at least partly honestly. Rummenigge said he had a meeting with Alaba Sr. and Zahavi two weeks ago. Conversation and atmosphere were okay. But even his patience is apparently coming to an end.

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On Sunday, club president Herbert Hainer said that the club’s offer, previously rejected by Alaba’s advisors, was no longer valid. Rummenigge justified the move. “We’ve been going in circles for months. And at some point we have to start planning for the new season, we have to know: Will David stay with FC Bayern or not? ”He said. In times of Corona, the players also have to develop understanding for the clubs. “I think we all think the same here at the club: We all want David to stay. He’s a wonderful person and a top player. “

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However, a very quick decision by Alaba is unlikely. The haggling could continue into the new year. In the summer, Alaba could leave the club for free, his current contract is valid until June 30, 2021. Should the 28-year-old turn his back on Bayern – FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, among others – could change Boateng’s situation .

Flick praises Boateng

The world champion’s contract also ends in June, so far an exit was expected. Without Alaba, Bayern would need him even more, Boateng has been in very good shape for months. Flick is thrilled. “It’s just nice to see. It has something to do with training, with his professional attitude, ”emphasized the coach after the win in Salzburg. “We are all glad that he has worked and caught up on himself in the past few months.”

Against the Austrians, Boateng headed the 3-2 after a corner. “The goal was very important. He paved the way for us to win, ”said Flick.

His Bayern have been undefeated in the Champions League away for 15 games. Manchester United’s “all-time record” (16 away games without defeat) can be set at Atlético Madrid on December 1st. Then definitely with David Alaba.

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Jerome Boateng scores the important opening goal to make it 3-2 in Bayern’s victory against Salzburg in the Champions League. Coach Hansi Flick praises the attitude of the central defender.

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Champions League: Trouble with Alaba overshadows Bavaria’s gala in Salzburg

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Trouble about Alaba overshadows Bavaria’s gala in Salzburg

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Bayern with 14th CL victory in a row

FC Bayern Munich celebrates its 14th consecutive Champions League victory in Salzburg – an absolute record. And striker star Robert Lewandowski finally hits the gate again.

Bayern also wins their third Champions League game and is almost certain to qualify for the round of 16. The clear win in Salzburg is all about David Alaba once again. Sports director Salihamidzic speaks of a possible worst-case scenario.

Dhe FC Bayern took their third victory in their third game in the Champions League. The defending champion came at the Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg only thanks to late goals from defender Jérôme Boateng (79th), Joker Leroy Sané, goalscorer Robert Lewandowski (88th) and Lucas Hernández (90th + 2) to a safe 6: 2 (2 :1). This means that Bayern, as the sovereign leaders of Group A, can plan for the round of 16 next year after a nine-point start.

“We showed our strength at the end of the game. I’m very satisfied with the team’s mentality, ”said Bayern coach Hansi Flick.

After the early deficit by Mergim Berisha (4th minute), the triple winner in the spectatorless Salzburg stadium turned the game first with a penalty from Robert Lewandowski (21st) and an own goal forced by Thomas Müller with a sharp cross from RB defender Rasmus Kristensen (44th). Masaya Okugawa scored 2-2 (66th), but the strong Boateng with his first premier class goal in five years, Sané with a kick, Lewandowski and Hernández again made the decision.

Jérôme Boateng scores 3-2 and brings Bayern onto the road to victory

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Before the top Bundesliga game of the front runners on Saturday at the same point table runner-up Borussia Dortmund, Flick was able to celebrate his 44th victory in the 48th competitive game. The game began with a minute’s silence for the victims of terrorism in Vienna, both teams played with a mourning ribbon. In the constant rain, the Munich team acted again and again negligently in the defensive work in the initial phase – and were punished for it. Boateng was able to block a shot from Sekou Koita, but Berisha, who was born in Berchtesgaden, overcame the perplexed Manuel Neuer with a shot into the goalkeeper’s corner to make it 1-0.

Salihamidzic doesn’t believe in Alaba’s whereabouts

After the fuss about his future, defender David Alaba had a lot to do against the brave and offensive Salzburg team to organize the defense of Munich. Immediately before the kick-off, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic spoke in very clear terms about the imminent farewell. “I don’t know anymore how we should find each other,” said Salihamidzic on Sky. “Now we have to deal with the fact that David will leave us.”

Alaba had rejected an improved offer to extend the contract, which is why the club informed the 28-year-old and his adviser after a deadline that “we will withdraw the offer,” said Salihamidzic. Bayern President Herbert Hainer announced on BR television on Sunday evening that the club wanted to have clarity on October 31 after months of poker with Alaba and its advisors. “There is no longer an offer,” said the 66-year-old. The association wanted planning security for such an important position and personnel.

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Hasan Salihamidzic

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“We are all professionals. We value him very much, he is a top player and is very important to our team. We’ll deal with it professionally, “said Salihamidzic now, but also admitted:” If such a player leaves the club for free, that’s the worst case scenario. “Alaba had been surprised and disappointed about the withdrawn contract offer.

Despite the debates, the 28-year-old didn’t seem impressed or unfocused at his first premier class game in his Austrian homeland.

After the early deficit, Lewandowski scored with a penalty to equalize. Shortly before the break, he was also involved in preparing the tour. With his back to the goal, Lewandowski passed a pass from Benjamin Pavard perfectly to Thomas Müller. Kristensen headed the ex-national player’s sharp cross into his own goal in front of Tolisso.

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates his penalty goal

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Even if Bayern came out of the locker room again after the change and were allowed to thank Neuer for not equalizing, they now got the game more and more under control. Without Niklas Süle (positive Corona test) and Leon Goretzka (calf problems), the 3-1 only seemed a matter of time – but the Salzburg team surprised the Munich team again. Substitute Okugawa was on the pitch for less than 60 seconds when he used a strong pass from Ramalho with his first action to make it 2-2.

On the deep and wet ground, however, the hosts found it difficult to maintain the high speed and pressing. Bayern took advantage of the ice cold with four late hits to 6-2 success.

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FC Bayern Munich: Salihamidzic defends Costa change

NAfter the final offensive by FC Bayern Munich on the transfer market, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic drew a positive conclusion and rejected criticism of the purchasing policy. Because of the “special circumstances” and the “difficult schedule” in the Corona period, one is “satisfied” on Säbener Straße, summed up the manager of the soccer record champions in “Kicker” (Thursday).

Bayern had signed offensive players Douglas Costa and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, midfielder Marc Roca and defender Bouna Sarr in the last hours before the end of the transfer window.

Salihamidzic justified the fact that the deals took place so late and that the Munich team were short of time by participating in the premier class final tournament in Lisbon in August – where the title was celebrated. “We subordinated everything to the success at the Champions League tournament. We didn’t want to burden the team with rumors about players coming or going, ”said the 43-year-old.

“Precise Considerations”

Before the four late new purchases, the Munich team had already made the additions of Leroy Sané, Alexander Nübel and Tanguy Nianzou perfect, “which some have already forgotten,” as Salihamidzic said.

Football experts like the former Bayern professionals Stefan Effenberg and Dietmar Hamann had criticized the purchasing policy. Hamann rated Sarr – the backup for right-back Benjamin Pavard – as “probably the last resort”. Effenberg worked in a column mainly on the Costa return from Juventus Turin and recalled that the former Bayern President Hoeneß described the Brazilian after his departure in 2017 as a “quite a mercenary”, who had “not liked the character of Munich” .

Salihamidzic, however, found the newcomers suitable. “All parts have to fit. Understanding of roles, requirement profile and character of the candidates round off the sporting aspect, ”he said. “We have given careful consideration to each of these transfers.” The sports director contradicted rumors that the team had pushed for a commitment from Costa. “This is a fairy tale,” he said, making it clear: “Squad planning is not a team’s job.”

The four new players are coming to the series championship without any claim to regular places, the Bavarians were looking for additional professionals and backups for the stars before an extremely intense season. For the club’s internal climate, it was always important that the reservists did not complain too much about the lack of playing times.

In addition, Salihamidzic said that financial aspects were also important during the Corona period. “FC Bayern doesn’t go into every craziness.” For Bayern’s dream player Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea FC reportedly made a deal worth at least 77 million euros a condition. The deal didn’t go through.

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FC Bayern: Transfer from Hudson-Odoi failed due to clause – 32 million more expensive than Sané

Negotiate with Chelsea until Saturday

On Deadline Day, FC Bayern brought Douglas Costa (30), one of the most valuable loan players in this transfer window, back to Munich. According to “Sport Bild” information, the professional who came from Juventus Turin was only the second choice of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic for the offensive. On Saturday evening, Callum Hudson-Odoi (19) was negotiated with Chelsea. The deal ultimately failed because of clauses that the triple winner did not want to accept.

Accordingly, Chelsea boss Marina Granovskaia demanded not only a “penalty if Hudson-Odoi doesn’t get enough stakes”, but also an obligation to buy, which would have taken effect as soon as the winger played a certain number of games. Granovskaia wanted to give the Englishman a price tag of 77 million euros, according to “Sport Bild”. Hudson-Odoi would have been 32 million euros more expensive than Leroy Sané (24), the currently injured king transfer this season. The transfer fee for Sané to be paid to Man City can increase from currently 45 million to up to 60 million euros through bonuses.

13 times 30 million euros or more: The 20 most expensive purchases by FC Bayern

20 – Luiz Gustavo | 2010/11 for € 17 million from Hoffenheim

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19 – Roy Makaay | 2003/04 for € 19.75 million from Dep. La Coruna

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18 – Niklas Süle | 2012/18 for € 20 million from Hoffenheim

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17 – Kingsley Coman | 2017/18 for € 21 million from Juventus

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16 – Thiago | 2013/14 for € 25 million from FC Barcelona

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15 – Arjen Robben | 2009/10 for € 25m from Real Madrid

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14 – Medhi Benatia | 2014/15 for € 28 million from AS Roma

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13 – Franck Ribéry | 2007/08 for € 30 million from Ol. Marseille

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12 – Douglas Costa | 2015/16 for € 30 million from Shakhtar

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11 – Manuel Neuer | 2011/12 for € 30 million from FC Schalke

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10 – Mario Gómez | 2009/10 for € 30 million from VfB Stuttgart

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9 – Renato Sanches | 2016/17 for € 35 million from Benfica

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8 – Benjamin Pavard | 2019/20 for € 35 million from VfB Stuttgart

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7 – Mats Hummels | 2016/17 for € 35 million from Borussia Dortmund

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6 – Mario Götze | 2013/14 for € 37 million from Borussia Dortmund

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5 – Arturo Vidal | 2015/16 for € 39.25 million from Juventus

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4 – Javi Martínez | 2012/13 for 40 months € from Bilbao

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3 – Corentin Tolisso | 2017/18 for € 41.5 million from Olympique Lyon

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2 – Leroy Sané | 2020/21 for € 45 million from Man City

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As a result, negotiations with the Londoners were broken off on Saturday evening and contact was made with Douglas Costa. There is a good relationship with the Turiners, for whom Salihamidzic himself was active as a professional from 2007 to 2011: In recent years, the serial champions have already transferred Arturo Vidal (33), Kingsley Coman (24) and Medhi Benatia (33).

Douglas Costa returned after three years from Juventus, which once transferred a total of 46 million euros to Munich for the services of the Brazilian. Bayern picked him up on Deadline Day for a season without a loan fee – the German champions completely paid the rumored 12 million euros gross. The three other late additions that Salihamidzic made perfect shortly before the end of the transfer window are one to two salary classes lower: Marc Roca (23, Espanyol), Bouna Sarr (28, Marseille) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (31, previously PSG) .

Sanches to Fein: All Bayern transfers under Salihamidzic since August 2017

Renato Sanches | 2017/18 | went to Swansea City for a $ 8.5 million loan fee

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Sandro Wagner | 2017/18 | came for 13 million from TSG Hoffenheim

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Marco Friedl | 2017/18 | went to Werder Bremen on loan

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Leon Goretzka | 2018/19 | came from Schalke 04 on a free transfer

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Arturo Vidal | 2018/19 | went to FC Barcelona for 18 million

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Sebastian Rudy | 2018/19 | went to Schalke 04 for 16 million

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Juan Bernat | 2018/19 | went to Paris Saint-Germain for 5 million

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Niklas Dorsch | 2018/19 | went to 1. FC Heidenheim for free

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Felix Götze | 2018/19 | went to FC Augsburg for free

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Fabian Benko | 2018/19 | went to LASK for free

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Tom Strong | 2018/19 | ended career

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Alphonso Davies | 2018/19 | came from Vancouver Whitecaps for 10 million

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Sandro Wagner | 2018/19 | went to Tianjin Teda for 5 million

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Lucas Hernández | 2019/20 | came for 80 million from Atlético Madrid

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Benjamin Pavard | 2019/20 | came for 35 million from VfB Stuttgart

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Michaël Cuisance | 2019/20 | came for 12 million from Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Philippe Coutinho | 2019/20 | came for 12 million loan fee from FC Barcelona

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Ivan Perisic | 2019/20 | came for a 5 million loan fee from Inter Milan

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Fiete Arp | 2019/20 | came for 3 million from Hamburger SV

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Mats Hummels | 2019/20 | went to Borussia Dortmund for 30.5 million

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Renato Sanches | 2019/20 | went to LOSC Lille for 20 million

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Marco Friedl | 2019/20 | went to Werder Bremen for 3.5 million

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Rafinha | 2019/20 | went to Flamengo Rio de Janeiro on a free transfer

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Franck Ribéry | 2019/20 | went to Fiorentina on a free transfer

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Arjen Robben | 2019/20 | went free transfer (paused)

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Adrian Fein | 2019/20 | went on loan to Hamburger SV

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Álvaro Odriozola | 2019/20 | came on loan from Real Madrid

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Alexander Nübel | 2020/21 | comes from Schalke 04 on a free transfer

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Tanguy Nianzou | 2020/21 | comes from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer

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Leroy Sané | 2020/21 | comes for 45 million from Manchester City

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Lars Lukas May | 2020/21 | goes to Darmstadt 98 on loan

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Christian Früchtl | 2020/21 | goes on loan to 1. FC Nürnberg

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Thiago | 2020/21 | goes to Liverpool for 22 million

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Sven Ulreich | 2020/21 | goes to HSV for 500,000

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Marc Roca | 2020/21 | comes for 9 million from Espanyol Barcelona

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting | 2020/21 | Free transfer – previously at PSG

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Douglas Costa | 2020/21 | Free loan from Juventus

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Bouna Sarr | 2020/21 | comes from Marseille for € 8 million

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Michaël Cuisance | 2020/21 | leihweise zu Olympique Marseille

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Adrian Fein | 2020/21 | on loan to PSV Eindhoven

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Bayern Munich with problems before the Bundesliga against Schalke

Dit hurt to say goodbye. Even if the separation from Thiago was no longer surprising, it was “very emotional” before Bayern Munich’s training session on Thursday. Everyone was very sad when he said goodbye, ”said coach Hansi Flick, visibly concerned.

After seven successful years, the Spanish professional leaves the record champions with tears in the direction of Liverpool – and leaves a huge gap at Bayern’s triple defense mission. “He is an exceptional player who has given the team a lot. I can only congratulate Kloppo (Jürgen Klopp, editor). He’s getting a top player and a great person, ”emphasized Flick before the Bundesliga kick-off on Friday (8.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga as well as on ZDF and DAZN).

The fact that Bayern have to start without fans against Schalke 04 was therefore the least problem for the successful coach on Thursday. “We’re losing another quality player,” said Flick. Accordingly, in view of the extreme stresses until Christmas with 27 competitive games for the national players in 97 days, he demanded further reinforcements for his squad: “It is important that we have several options to implement the stress control so that the players are always fresh.” But he is “in good spirits” that sports director Hasan Salihamidzic is “upgrading the quality of the squad”. There are already “alternatives”.

Attack against Salihamidzic

Klopp’s dream player Thiago, for whom Liverpool pays 30 million euros, could not remain the only very painful departure for Munich. There is still no agreement with defense chief David Alaba. CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at least spoke a word of power in the mud battle. “Everyone should be quiet now while the negotiations are still going on,” he said to Uli Hoeneß and Alaba’s consultant side at Bild live.

Before that, Salihamidzic had once again put the Austrian in their place in kicker: “At Bayern there is a sporting and financial upper limit: Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer.” And not Alaba, even if Flick called his central defender “one of the centerpieces” on Thursday this team ”. Alaba’s advisor meanwhile said to Sky: “Mr. Salihamidzic has apparently forgotten who Robert Lewandowski’s advisor is,” said Pini Zahavi on Thursday. “I negotiated Robert’s contract last year and of course I know exactly what he deserves. What we’re asking for David is well below Robert’s salary. “


It became clear in the David Alaba case: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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The triple enthusiasm has long since given way to normal madness at Bayern. The unresolved personnel issues – Javi Martinez also wants to leave – overshadowed the week-long preparation, as did the Kingsley Coman case. The Frenchman had contact with a person from his environment who was infected with the corona virus and is still in quarantine at home.

Against Schalke “he is not there,” said Flick. The last test was also negative. “He’s already got the third or fourth negative test. I don’t know if a 14-day quarantine is needed. I don’t decide, but it’s not entirely understandable. “

With all the construction sites, Leroy Sané’s competitive debut against his former club Schalke, of all things, was only a marginal phenomenon at Bayern. The top purchase of Munich should be in the starting line-up immediately given the Coman failure. Sané is “not yet at 100 percent, but why shouldn’t he start? He has also played in the national team. He’s on the right track, ”said Flick.

And otherwise? “We mustn’t complain, we have to move forward positively,” emphasized the 55-year-old bravely: “We will have a very good squad available on Friday too.”

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FC Bayern: Salihamidzic trims Alaba – sport

It is the next act in the drama that triple winner FC Bayern is currently listing about David Alaba’s possible contract extension. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has now assessed the latest statements from the Austrian’s camp and publicly demonstrated Alaba his place in the Munich team’s “money ranking”.

“At Bayern there is a sporting and financial upper limit: Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer,” Salihamidzic said Kicker and suggested to Alaba: “I don’t think David himself thinks he is above these two colleagues.”

The sports director made it clear that the record champions will also act economically conservative in the case of Alabas during the Corona crisis. “We’re not going to be crazy like he might know from other clubs,” said Salihamidzic: “And certainly not at a time when sales and profits are collapsing, in football and everywhere else in business.”

“Everyone wants David to stay,” says Salihamidzic

On Tuesday, Alaba, 28, was in the image still asked: “I hope that my contractual situation is not clarified in public.” Allegedly, the defender, whose contract runs until 2021, wants to earn 25 million euros per year in the event of an extension. That has annoyed Uli Hoeneß in particular recently. The honorary president called Alaba’s advisor Pini Zahavi a “greedy piranha”.

These sayings from Hoeneß caused critical reactions internally at Bayern. “I don’t think we needed that,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Spox and DAZN: “I can only repeat myself: In my experience, negotiations must be conducted discreetly and trustingly. Only when you have a final result should you go public with it.”

Before that, Stefan Effenberg had already been with t-online said about Hoeneß: “Of course, his behavior does not make the situation any easier.” In the direction of Alaba, Effenberg said: “As a player I have to know: Do I want to stay with my club and extend it? Do I want to leave the club – and preferably today? Or do I want to fulfill my contract and then try something new again? ” Apparently, Alaba is “not concerned with an annual salary of two or three million euros, but with respect and appreciation”.

Salihamidzic said that Kicker: “Appreciation is in abundance. Everyone wants David to stay. The fact is, he has repeatedly declined our attractive offer, but we’re still trying to convince him.” However, the club does not want to offer its players more money.

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Hasan Salihamidzic receives praise from Bayern Munich

NAfter the commitments of Leroy Sané, Tanguy Nianzou and Alexander Nübel, the bosses of FC Bayern see themselves confirmed in having put on sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. The former professional has been a manager in Munich since 2017, rising from sports director to sports director in early July 2020. “With the transfers made so far, Hasan has proven that he controls his business,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge of the “Sport Bild”.


The CEO also praised the 43-year-old for his work with the youth record champions. “With this two-pillar system, thanks to Hasan, we are on the right track again,” he said. Salihamidzic was initially smiled at by some experts. The signing of international Sané from Manchester City, which cost around 50 million euros, was significantly less than a year ago, but was a great success for the Bosnian.

According to “Sport Bild”, it was Salihamidzic who let goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender David Alaba look down on their high salary demands. In doing so, he gained respect and recognition on Säbener Strasse. Neuer then extended his contract until the summer of 2023. No decision has yet been made at Alaba, whose contract expires in mid-2021.

Alongside Alaba, midfielder Thiago is the second top performer who could leave the club in the summer. The Spaniard wants to leave and is even supposed to agree with Liverpool FC. The Bavarians recently asserted that no club had yet reported for a transfer. According to “Sport Bild”, the Munich-based company only wants to hand over the game designer from a transfer fee of 30 million euros.

Salihamidzic meanwhile did not rule out further commitments on the transfer market. “Basically, it’s always about enriching the quality of our team or stabilizing it. What that means depends on many factors. The transfer window is open until October 5, we won’t close any doors until then, ”said Salihamidzic.

In the event of a departure, the German record champions would have to take action. The Bavarians want to try to “broadly position their squad,” said Salihamidzic. On Säbener Straße, hopes will also be found in the talks with Inter Milan about loan player Ivan Perisic. At the moment, the transfer fee and the salary of the 31-year-old are said to be too high.

FC Bayern has so far not presented a successor to the previous amateur coach after the move from Sebastian Hoeneß to 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. As the club said, they would decide “promptly” about the new coach for the amateur team in the third division.

“We are proud of what is being done on the FC Bayern campus. We not only train young players there, but also coaches. It is of course a shame that Sebastian is leaving us, but we have decided not to put any obstacles in his way, ”said Salihamidzic. “Sebastian is a great boy, we wish him all the best for the Bundesliga and the games in the Europa League with the TSG.”

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