OFFICIAL: Bayern announce the signing of Marc Roca on a 5-year contract until 2025.
Bayern announces him as a player on Sunday afternoon after completing necessary documents on Saturday, October 3.
OFFICIAL: Bayern announce the signing of Marc Roca on a 5-year contract until 2025.
Bayern announces him as a player on Sunday afternoon after completing necessary documents on Saturday, October 3.
European champions Bayern Munich suffered a first defeat for 10 month when their 23-match winning run was ended by a shock 4-1 Bundesliga loss at Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Hoffenheim raced into a 2-0 lead with early goals by defender Ermin Bicakcic and striker Munas Dabbur.
Although Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a lifeline just before the break, Croatia international striker Andrej Kramaric netted a second-half goal and converted a late penalty to seal the win and move Hoffenheim to the top of the league.
It was the first time Bayern have lost under head coach Hansi Flick in any competition since going down 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on December 7, 2019.
“Compliments to Hoffenheim, they cut out our space and gave us few chances,” said Flick, who bristled at repeated questions about his team’s tired display.
“We just couldn’t manage to take our chances or play with our usual intensity.”
Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness is the nephew of Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness and left Munich’s reserves in July to take over at Hoffenheim.
“We put into practise everything we had worked on, we were dominant from the beginning, managed to always be dangerous and defend well, so I am not surprised by the result,” said Hoffenheim coach Hoeness.
Bayern looked tired, showing the effects of being taken to extra time in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday before beating Sevilla 2-1 in Budapest.
“We shouldn’t forget that Bayern played 120 minutes four days ago, but we put in a great performance,” added Hoeness.
The loss brings to an end Bayern’s run of 23 consecutive wins, a record for a club in one of Europe’s five main leagues, surpassing Real Madrid’s 22 straight between September and December 2014.
With Robert Lewandowski rested ahead of Wednesday’s German Super Cup showdown at home to Borussia Dortmund — the chance to win a fifth title in 2020 — his 19-year-old understudy Joshua Zirkzee struggled to spark Bayern’s attack.
“We go into every game to win, it didn’t work today, now we focus on Dortmund,” added Flick.
“We will tick off this match and we focus on what we can do better on Wednesday.”
Early Hoffenheim goals
Hoffenheim took full advantage of Munich’s lethargy with Bicakcic giving them the lead on 16 minutes when he out-leapt Corentin Tolisso at a corner and headed past Manuel Neuer.
The hosts doubled their lead when Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard tried to snuff out a counter-attack, but his pass rolled into the path of Israeli striker Dabbur, who held his nerve to chip the ball over Neuer on 24 minutes.
It was the first time Bayern have been two goals down since they lost 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2019, a defeat which cost Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac his job.
Bayern knuckled went in 2-1 down at the break after Leroy Sane’s superb pass across the box landed at the feet of Kimmich who fired home superbly on 36 minutes.
Hoffenheim could have had a third goal as their Croatia striker Andrei Kramaric clipped the crossbar after his shot beat Neuer on the stroke of half-time.
Flick responded by beefing up his side by bringing on Lewandowski and central midfielder Leon Goretzka for Zirkzee and Pavard on 57 minutes.
Lewandowski went close with a couple of half chances but Kramaric made sure of the win when he finished a counter-attack with a stunning strike on 77 minutes.
Bayern conceded a penalty in added time when Neuer brought down replacement forward Ihlas Bebou in the area and Kramaric converted the resulting penalty.
Bayern Munich won the European Cup for the sixth time on Sunday as Kingsley Coman’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in an engrossing Champions League final in Lisbon, completing a fantastic season for the German giants and leaving their opponents still searching for the trophy they covet more than anything.
It was often a cagey final, with a bit of needle between the teams, but chances too, especially before Coman appeared at the back post to head in Joshua Kimmich’s inviting 59th-minute cross and wrap up a treble for a team who had already won the Bundesliga and German Cup.
Hansi Flick’s team will feel they deserved their victory, yet PSG will regret not taking any of the chances that were offered up to them on a surreal occasion at an empty Estadio da Luz.
Kylian Mbappe in particular should have done better than shoot straight at Manuel Neuer right on the stroke of half-time.
The France World Cup-winning forward had spoken of his determination to go down in his country’s history by helping PSG become just the second French winners of European football’s greatest prize.
But they will have to wait for the chance to match Marseille, who won the inaugural Champions League in 1993.
PSG’s Qatari owners spent a combined 402 million euros ($474m) on Neymar and Mbappe in 2017 to win this competition, not just reach the final. However, in the end, it was one who got away from Paris who denied them.
The 24-year-old Coman was born in Paris and started his career at PSG, only to leave in 2014 for Juventus, sensing he wouldn’t get the regular football he desired if he stayed put.
He had been on the bench in the semi-final against Lyon but was promoted to the starting line-up for the final, replacing Ivan Perisic on the left-wing.
Now he may not be welcome back in his home city again.
But at Bayern, he will always be remembered as the man who won them this trophy in 2020, in the club’s 11th final and seven years after they were last European champions.
– Mbappe’s big miss –
Flick’s team have ended this season with 21 straight victories and unbeaten in 30 matches. They deserved to be crowned in a full stadium.
However, only a few hundred lucky invitees were inside the cavernous home of Benfica to see the denouement of the ‘Final Eight’, at the end of a competition so long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The strangest of finals pitted together two clubs who have taken very different routes to becoming part of Europe’s elite, with Bayern’s status as Germany’s most successful and powerful side long-established and PSG having left the rest of the French game behind following the Qatari takeover of 2011.
But if this was a mismatch in terms of history, on and off the pitch right now they are almost perfectly balanced.
That translated into the kind of proper match-up on the field that neither side often experiences these days.
Bayern came desperately close to opening the scoring midway through the first half when Lewandowski — looking for his 56th goal of the season — took down an Alphonso Davies cross, turned and struck a shot against the post.
The Pole also came close with a header that was saved by Keylor Navas, PSG’s goalkeeper who won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid and who was returning after injury ruled him out of the semi-final against RB Leipzig.
But Bayern take risks by playing with such a high line, and PSG should have punished them in the first half.
Neymar was denied by an excellent Neuer save after being set up by Mbappe, while Mbappe himself contrived to fire straight at the goalkeeper after David Alaba gited him the ball in the Bayern box.
Alaba had earlier seen his central defensive colleague, Jerome Boateng, limp out seemingly with a recurrence of the hamstring problem that forced him off against Lyon.
Niklas Suele replaced him and helped contain the Paris attack as Bayern held onto their lead.
Bayern had broken the deadlock just before the hour mark in a move that began with a sprayed Thiago Alcantara pass forward, and ended with Coman arriving to head in Kimmich’s perfect delivery.
Neymar ended the game with a yellow card for chopping down Lewandowski, and a runners-up medal, while Bayern celebrated.
Liverpool have been handed a boost in their bid to land Thiago Alcantara this summer after claims the midfielder has informed Bayern Munich he wants to quit the Allianz Arena.
The Premier League champions have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old midfielder as they seek to strengthen their side in preparation of defending their crown next term.
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that despite initial encouraging talks with Alcantara and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over a new deal, the former Barcelona star has decided to move on.
‘In fact, the talks Hasan had with him have always been very productive. And at some point it actually seemed that it was done [a new contract at Bayern],’ Rummenigge told Sky Germany.
‘But then Thiago informed Hasan that he would like to do something new. We have to accept that.’
Alcantara has just one year left on his current deal, but Rummenigge has stated that they will only allow the midfielder to depart on their terms and will not be forced into a sale.
Reports this week indicated that a fee of £27million could be enough for Jurgen Klopp to land the Spaniard.
‘We have a contract with Thiago that is still valid for one year and if he reaches an agreement with any club then that club should pay a transfer fee of a certain amount,’ he added.
‘I do not want to make any public comment about the fee that we have in mind. As I have already said, we’ll not have a summer sale at Bayern. There will always have to be a certain amount that will make us sell a player.’
‘I’m not angry at all, I like him. I think he’s a great footballer and he has a good character too. And you shouldn’t forget either that at 29, he is at an age where, if he wants to do something new, he has to do it now.’
German Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has said he quit as Bayern Munich team doctor in 2015 amid a spat with Pep Guardiola because the Spaniard “knew better”.
“I couldn’t put up with the fact that a young coach (Guardiola) — who was very successful and who is probably one of the very, very big names — interfered in medical matters and knew everything better than I did,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt told broadcaster BR24.
The 77-year-old German has a reputation as one of the world’s top sports doctors, whose list of superstar clients included retired sprinter Usain Bolt.
Bolt dedicated his 2016 Olympic gold medal after the men’s 100m final to him for helping him overcome a calf injury.
Mueller-Wohlfahrt started working with Bayern in 1977, but resigned abruptly five years ago.
At the time, he said it was because then-Bayern coach Guardiola blamed the club’s medical department for a Champions League defeat at Porto.
Mueller-Wohlfahrt only returned to Bayern in 2017, after Guardiola had left to join present side Manchester City, and stepped down again as club doctor last month.
However, he refers to his time at Bayern under Guardiola as a “black spot”.
Mueller-Wohlfahrt says the pair have since buried the hatchet.
“We have met since and talked things over. It’s over now,” he added.
Guardiola won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons at Bayern from 2013-16 and has since lifted the Premier League trophy twice with Man City.
As well as Bayern, Mueller-Wohlfahrt also worked with the Germany national team from 1995 until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Bayern have confirmed that Sane will wear No.10 jersey next season.
Now, Coutinho is wearing the No.10 jersey at Bayern who has renewed his contract to stay at Bavarians until end of season.
All Bayern fans have the opportunity to buy the Sane’s jersey including the player flock for the coming season in Bayern and online.
Bayern reveal that Coutinho understands Bayern’s decision to give No.10 jersey to Sane after talks with Rummenigge and Salihamidzic.
Leroy Sane has completed his £54.8m transfer from Manchester City to Bayern Munich.
“Bayern is a very big club and has big goals – and these goals suit me as well. I’m looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to train with the team. I still know Hansi Flick from the U21 national team, we had a very good relationship there.” said Sane.
“We’re all delighted we’ve been able to secure Leroy’s signature for Bayern. His qualities as a player are undisputed. His speed, his technical quality and his scoring threat make him an absolute top player.
“He also fits very well into our team as a person and as a character. Our goal is to have a spine on the pitch from the goalkeeper to the forwards & Leroy is an important component in this.” said Kahn.
The Germany international passed the second part of his medical on Thursday morning, before returning to Bayern’s training centre to finalise his move.
Bayern apologised to Manchester City following the publication of photographs showing Sane as their player, before the transfer has been officially announced, but the 24-year-old has now signed a five-year contract.
The Bundesliga champions will pay an initial fee of £44.7m (€49m) with a series of performance and trophy-related add-ons.
“We are happy that we can welcome Leroy Sane to Bayern. He is an excellent player who has proven his qualities over the past years. Our goal is to gather the best German players at FC Bayern and Leroy’s signing underscores this path.
“I would like to compliment Hasan Salihamidzic for the successful completion of the transfer,” said Rummenigge.
Man City will also take 10 per cent of any profit made by the German club should they sell Sane in the future.
He had continually been linked with a move back to his homeland, which has seen City give up almost any hope of negotiating a new contract after nearly two years of talks.
It is believed the winger will double the wages he was being offered by City to stay at the club with Bayern set to pay the player around £20m per year.
Bayern Munich have completed a deal Manchester City winger Leroy Sané on a five-year contract, according to reports in Germany.
Earlier this month, City manager Pep Guardiola revealed the 24-year-old attacker refused to agree a new deal at the Premier League club with Sané in favour of a move to the German champions.
And German news outlet say the deal has been agreed for Sané to return to the Bundesliga ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season, but paperwork has yet to be signed.
A move to Bayern Munich would end four-year spell at the Etihad Stadium, which has seen the German winger win two Premier League titles, two EFL Cups and last season’s FA Cup.
Philippe Coutinho may not play again for Bayern Munich – as Premier League clubs weigh up a summer move for the Brazilian.
Coutinho, who is on loan at Bayern from Barcelona, is still recovering from an ankle injury and may not be available for the club’s remaining fixtures.
He is two weeks away from playing, so does have a chance for the last four Bundesliga matches, should boss Hans-Dieter Flick wish to pick him.
But Bayern did not take up the option to make his loan permanent before the contractual deadline last week, as Coutinho continues his recovery in Germany.
Chelsea, along with fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham, are among the clubs that have been offered the chance to sign the 27-year-old, who moved to Barcelona from Liverpool for £145m two years ago.
But he would command a big fee, with three years still to run on his Barcelona deal, and he is said to be earning as much as £250,000 per week (€15m per year).
Coutinho’s loan contract at Bayern will end on June 30 but both the player and his agent Kia Joorabchian have previously shown a willingness to extend that, if the Champions League resumes in August.
Philippe Coutinho will not join Bayern Munich permanently – but the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has opened the door to another loan move for the Brazilian.
“The option expired and we haven’t activated it,” Rummenigge told German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday.
“We’re going to plan our squad for next season and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”
Coutinho played a starring role for Liverpool before leaving for Barcelona in a £130million deal in January 2018.
The Brazilian failed to nail down a starting spot at Barca, leading to his loan move to the Bundesliga this season.
It is thought the Catalan Club are keen to offload Coutinho – or at least get him off the wage bill by sending him out on another loan.
Mirror Sport understands that Liverpool have no interest in taking Coutinho back, but several of their Premier League rivals have been credited with an interest in the midfielder, with Chelsea believed to be at the front of the queue.
Coutinho made 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season, scoring nine goals and posting eight assists. He is currently recovering from ankle surgery.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is set for another crack at signing David Alaba this summer after failing to land the Bayern Munich star while managing Chelsea.
Alaba has spent 12 years with the dominant Bundesliga side after signing for their academy in 2008, rising into the first-team and becoming one of the world’s best defenders.
However, the Austrian’s contract expires in 2021 and he is yet to resign with Bayern, having reportedly rejected their first contract offer.
Europe’s elite clubs are monitoring the situation closely including Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Inter also weighing-up a summer move, according to Sport1.
Bayern president Herbert Hainer has previously insisted he is ‘confident’ the German side can resign club stalwarts Thiago, Manuel Neuer and Alaba, but the latter appears to be stalling.
Conte previously wanted to sign Alaba to his Premier League winning Chelsea side during his 2016-2018 tenure.
The versatile 27-year-old would have been capable of playing either in the centre of the Italian’s back-three system or at left-back.
After becoming arguably the world’s best left-back over ten-years in the Bayern line-up, under Hans-Dieter Flick the star has transitioned to the centre this sesaon, playing 16 of his 20 games in the new role.
Alaba has made 372 appearances and won eight Bundesliga titles with the club, and will be back in action hoping to add a ninth when they resume play against Union Berlin on May 17.
Manchester City fans have sided with the club over their stance on Leroy Sane and don’t want the winger sold to Bayern Munich on the cheap.
The German champions have made no secret of their desire to sign Sane, having conducted an extremely public pursuit over the last year as they sought to replace departed legends Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery.
Star players, such as Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowsi and Joshua Kimmich, as well as high-profile club officials all went on the charm offensive in the media until the point that then-manager Niko Kovac was forced to apologise after he claimed he was ‘confident’ the deal would be completed.
Their actions angered City, whose stance on Sane remains the same as it was last summer – that they would like the player to stay with a new contract offer remaining on the table. However, City accept that it is up to the player and Pep Guardiola does not want to keep stars that would rather be elsewhere.
Speculation regarding the 24-year-old’s future has once again picked up in recent weeks, with reports in Germany on Tuesday stating that Bayern had agreed a five-year deal with the winger, which in turn gave them the confidence to supposedly offer £35m for the player.
While Sane’s contract does expire at the end of next season and an extension is no closer to being signed, £35million is less than what City paid to get the winger from Schalke and nowhere near the valuation they would be willing to accept this summer.
In response to the reported bid, supporters have made it clear that they would rather enjoy Sane for another season and see him leave on a free if Bayern don’t come back with a serious offer.
You can find a selection of their responses below:
City have already got used to playing without Sane, though, as he has been out all season with a serious knee ligament injury, which he suffered just 10 minutes into the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.
He was on the verge of a return to the first-team after making his comeback with the Under-23s at Arsenal in February but the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt on his return to the pitch.
According to information from NobleSports Reliable Sources, the contract extension of Thiago Alcantara at Bayern is finished. The club wants to announce the new term later this week.
BILD has already reported that Thiago was at Säbener Straße yesterday on a non-training day.
He had last been talking to trainer Hansi Flick twice on the training pitch. A week ago they were ready to reach an agreement over new deal.
And Thiago said a few days ago in the Catalan newspaper “La Vanguardia” about a career end in Munich: “That is a difficult question. A lot has to be right. But Bavaria would be a wonderful club to end a career.”
Bayern recently extended the contract with Thomas Müller until 2023, coach Hansi Flick also signed until 2023. Negotiations are ongoing with Manuel Neuer and David Alaba.
Inter and Bayern Munich will have to agree on the future of Ivan Perisic within the end of May and ideas of another loan deal in Bavaria have emerged.
The Bundesliga giants have an option to sign the player on a permanent deal for around €20m but, according to the Corriere dello Sport, the two clubs have to reach an agreement within the month.
Another loan deal could be in the making and the Croatian forward’s positive performances for Die Roten, contributing five goals and eight assists in 22 appearances, seemed to have secured him a permanent switch this summer.
But the coronavirus pandemic has changed the situation and Inter are not interested in taking back the the €4.6m a year salary and the 31-year-old’s contract expires in June 2022.
If Bayern are not willing to pay the €20m buy out clause, the newspaper claims Inter would be open to other solutions, like extending Perisic’s loan deal in Germany.
Should FC Bayern Munich respond to Manuel Neuer’s high salary demands and extend the contract? Goalkeeper legend Sepp Maier has a clear opinion on this.
The contract negotiations between Bayern and Manuel Neuer are difficult, the relationship of trust is considered fragile according to reports.
Sepp Maier, however, has no doubt about the positive outcome of these discussions: “I can’t believe Bayern are so stupid to let Neuer leave. There is currently no better person than Neuer in the world and there will be none in the next five years.”
The goalkeeper legend dared to make a comparison: “Oliver Kahn was still outstanding at 39. Why shouldn’t Neuer play at top level for five years? The boy is fit.”
Maier doesn’t see the required 20 million euros in annual salary as an unsolvable problem and warns: “If they let Manuel Neuer go, Bayern would regret it in the next few years.”
Inter and Bayern Munich are likely to reach an agreement in the deal for Croatian for forward Ivan Perisic, according to a report from today’s paper edition of NobleSports Reliable Source.
The report details how the Nerazzurri are set to earn around €15-20 million for the 31-year-old Croatian, who has impressed on loan with the Bavarian club this season. Inter are happy to sell the player in the summer as it will lower their wage bill by €4.6 million per season, in a contract that won’t expire until 2022.
Inter’s keenness to sell Perisic means that they are moving towards giving Bayern a discount on the previously agreed upon price, the report continues.
The 2018 World Cup finalist has made 22 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 1200 minutes. In that time, he has scored five goals and provided eight assists, impressing with his tactical flexibility.