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Lewandowski and Alaba to Real Madrid? Not a chance, says Rummenigge

Rumors are swirling in the media about Real Madrid making moves to snag a couple of FC Bayern Munich stars, but the club CEO has slammed the door on that speculation.

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It's the silly season in club football.  The domestic leagues have been done for a while, the Champions League has crowned its champions, and many players have taken off to represent their countries, but in a biannual ritual, the sports media likes to report on transfers, whether they make sense, or whether they've been pulled out of thin air.

Real Madrid has been rumored to have launched a €50 million bid for Austrian midfielder/left back David Alaba, and have allegedly contacted - or already agreed to terms with, depending on the source - Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.

In a Sport Bild interview scheduled to come out on Wednesday - excerpts have been released today - Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has sent a clear message: It's not happening!

"We've shut the door.  No players will be leaving FC Bayern against our will", said the former Bayern and Germany legend.  He revealed that Real Madrid's José Ángel Sánchez had sent him a text message, explaining that there was no truth to the rumors about Alaba, and the Spanish club had not done anything in regards to Lewandowski either.  The club would not contact Bayern players without the Bavarian giant's say-so.

"We have a very good relationship with Real, as we do with Barca.  Since 2008, it's known in Europe - at that time, it involved Franck Ribery - that we will not sell a player against our will", Rummenigge continued.

So, Bayern fans, rest assured, Lewandowski and Alaba will remain with Bayern for the near future.  And, fans of other big clubs, if you hear a rumor about a Bayern player who is under long-term contract, it's just the media trying to sell papers.

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