Rummenigge: "If someone is not comfortable, he must come to my office"
The continued speculations of player exits swarm around Bayern München, logical or ludicrous. The recent flavor of the rumors is with possibly disgruntled players parting the club, but they will have to go through CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge first.
"If someone is not comfortable at Bayern München, he must come to my office. Then he needs to talk about it," Rummenigge told Bild.
Reports surfaced that Mario Götze and Thomas Müller were disgruntled with their roles with the club. Guardiola played both at the weekend against Hamburger SV, with Götze scoring twice and Müller scoring once.
When Bild asked Müller about Manchester United's possible interest, his lips were sealed: "I do not comment on rumors."
Pep Guardiola has played Müller in four different positions, stretching his game all over the attacking third. His playing time might be consistent, collecting 3,366 minutes so far in the 2013/14 season, but his position has not been.
"With his back and forth positioning, he can not play off his strengths, his quickness and his scheme," former Bayern defender Franz Beckenbauer told Sky. "A transfer abroad is a valuable experience, and Thomas is a player that can play at any club in the world."
Boateng to be Fined for Red Card
Not long after Franck Ribery's possible UEFA ban for a slap of his own, Jerome Boateng will receive a fine for his slap of Hamburger SV player Kerem Derimbay.
Referee Marko Fritz gave Boateng a red card after an altercation between the two players in the 86th minute of Saturday's match. The center back looked upset after a possible dive attempt from Derimbay inside the penalty area.
"If someone catches such a red card five minutes before the end up 4-1, someone can call that brainless," said Rummenigge [Abendzeitung]. "He will receive a fine in the five-figure area."
Boateng apologized for his mistake after the match. He became the third red-carded player this season for Bayern, joining Bastian Schweinsteiger and Rafinha.
"I am sorry that I grabbed him in the face," Boateng said [tz-onliine].
Badstuber Completes Full Team Training
Injured defender Holger Badstuber reached his next training target, participating in full team practice on Monday.
With a week before the final match of the season, it is not far fetched for Badstuber to make his first team sheet, or perhaps his first appearance, since December 1, 2012.
Köln Sport Director Acknowledges Interest in van Buyten
In an interview with kicker, 1. FC Köln sport director Jörg Schmadtke praised van Buyten for his experience, but tempers speculation that the Belgian will move to his club.
"He is an experienced player out of contract," said Schmadtke. "That someone here discusses his name sometimes is normal. We will see whether it comes to a conversation."
Köln, recently clinching promotion into the Bundesliga, was linked to the van Buyten veteran before, although his agent called a reported transfer a "belated April Fools joke." Schmadtke will inevitably make necessary transfers to make sure his club's stay in the Bundesliga lasts longer than a year, and van Buyten is a cheap option that could boost the quality in his defense instantly.