So we all know that Martin Demichelis received a suspension for insubordination when he refused to play a position that he was asked to by The General, Ottmar Hitzfeld. We all know that the team as a whole looked sloppy and took a loss while some key players were missing at the weekend. After that, Demichelis apologized to Hitzfeld and he was back in training on Monday and will no doubt be in the starting 11 for the next game. All is well that ends well right? Wrong. Evidently now Demichelis is rocking the boat even more. If you all remember, a few weeks back Bayern banned Mark van Bommel from playing in the Olympic games because they conflict with the start of the Bundesliga season. Demichelis has come forward and said he would play for Argentina. Bayern have said no, Demichelis has basically said too bad I'm playing. It's causing quite a stir in the Bayern camp. It will be interesting to see what happens, if anything. Everyone knows that Demichelis is pretty passionate about playing for his Country. After all, when he was dropped from Argentina's 2006 World Cup team, he took it pretty hard.
"It’s not only that I don’t have any desire to play anymore — I don’t have any desire to live," Demichelis told German journalists in May 2006 after he was unexpectedly dropped by then Argentina coach Jose Pekerman.
We'll have to wait and see how it all pans out. I don't see how a team could explain allowing one player and not allowing another. I don't think they will. I think it will come down to Bayern saying no and Demichelis once again going against the decisions of his employers. I am unsure what that will mean at the time... after all, Bayern will be under a new coach then.
It's not even the end of the season yet and already the transfer rumors are heating up. The biggest one going around right now is that Lucio will be on his way out and off to Barcelona at the end of the season. His contract with Bayern runs through 2010, but he has expressed an interest to leave Bayern and I am unsure whether or not Klinsmann would fight to keep him. After all, if Lucio leaves, this opens up another spot for someone he (Klinsmann) has an interest in.... Per Mertesacker, who has not yet renewed his contract with Werder Bremen.
Lucio hasn't confirmed or denied the rumors about Barcelona, but has only had this to say at the moment:
"I have already said the leagues in Spain, Italy and England - three of the strongest in the world - all interest me" Lucio told the Munich newspaper.
"If interest is shown from any of these countries, I would be very pleased.
We've got Tim Borowski coming on next season and if Klinsmann brings on Per that will be another international on the roster. That honorary game for Oliver Kahn is looking more and more like Germany vs Germany....