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Bayern Bulletin: Götze Unhappy, Badstuber Trains with Team, Hopfner Elections for President

Götze wants to start, Badstuber trains with the team for the first time in a year and a half, and Bayern hold elections for Hopfner as club president.

Alex Grimm
Götze: "Of course I am not happy"

Transferring for €37 million last spring, Mario Götze's move as a coux in the Bundesliga, moving from the rebel alliance to the empire in Germany. He became one of Guardiola's expensive toys, but the 21-year-old has not appeared as much in the starting XI as he hoped.

"Of course I am not happy," he said to BILD+. "But I will continue to give gas and hope to soon receive the manager's confidence, from the beginning of the game."

With 2595 minutes on the pitch for Bayern this year, the three remaining matches will not allow Götze to eclipse the 3179 minute total from a year ago. The biggest competition drop-off was in the Champions League, the young German playing 40 percent less minutes than a year ago. He started just three of the six matches in the knockout stages, and Pep Guardiola took him off after about in hour in two of his starts.

With Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in the side, Götze was bound to struggle for playing time.

"I understand the players. I understand Müller, Martínez, and Götze. They want to play," said Guardiola on in his pre-match press conference. "But I have to decide what is best for the entire team." [Abendzeitung]

He had stretches of being a primary option – partially due to Ribéry's and Robben's injuries – and got an extended look at the top of Guardiola's formation. He has fallen back in the pecking order as of late, and his supreme talent will have to battle the veteran incumbents for his minute tally to increase.

Badstuber Returns to Team Training; Zoua Out for HSV

After a year and a half absence, Holger Badstuber returned to team training on Thursday, although he only stayed for 45 minutes before continuing his rehab program. His return was met with a round of applause from the players.

"It was a very good moment and a fantastic feeling. It’s a great day for me personally," Badstuber told the club's website.

Thiago Alcântara also trained and is an option for the match on Saturday, according to kicker. Xherdan Shaqiri continued to rehab on his own, although his return could not be too far away either.

"I hope I’m fit for the cup final and might be able to help the team collect the trophy," Shaqiri said.

On the other side of the ball, Jacques Zoua injured his thigh in training on Thursday and is ruled out for what is a critical game for Hamburger SV. Lasse Sobiech is also questionable with an ankle injury.

Bayern Hold Elections Regarding Hopfner's Presidency

After serving as interim president in the wake of Uli Hoeneß's resignation from the club, Karl Hopfner's status at the top of the club could become permanent. Bayern will hold a general meeting Friday evening to potentially elect him as president.

Hopfner started at the club in 1983 and has stood by Hoeneß's side as the club ascended into the football conglomerate it is today. He was a managing director for many years before becoming Deputy Chairman of the board in 2002, and was a Senior Vice President before assuming his current role.

"I know that he was an important person in the last few years," said Guardiola on Friday. "I wish him only the best and know that he will support us."

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