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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern rule out further winter moves, including Arturo Vidal and Leon Goretzka

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Surprise, surprise: Arturo Vidal isn’t going to Chelsea this winter break, and Leon Goretzka must sleep in the bed he has made in Schalke, at least until July 1.

FC Bayern Muenchen v SV Werder Bremen - Bundesliga Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Shock (lol): Vidal isn’t about to leave Bayern Munich for Chelsea this winter transfer window (ESPN)

This should come as no surprise, but despite rumors that Chelsea want to sign Arturo Vidal right now, he says he is staying at least until the summer:

I'm happy at Bayern Munich and I will continue here until June. I hope to win the Champions League and then we shall see. Right now, I'm 100 percent committed to the Bavarian club and there's no chance of me changing teams.

James confirmed to be a creative badass at Bayern

Uli Hoeness says Leon Goretzka is staying with Schalke until the summer (Abendzeitung)

Hoeness explicitly ruled out any further winter transfers and squashed rumors that Bayern might buy Goretzka outright a half-season early. Goretzka officially becomes a Bavarian on July 1, 2018.

17-year-old goalkeeping prodigy Christian Früchtl makes his training comeback (Bild)

Früchtl made his first comeback at a very muddy team training at Säbener Strasse. Früchl had been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his foot, which had to be operated on in December.

Jerome Boateng says it’s great to have a copy of himself playing at Leverkusen: Jonathan Tah (Bild+)

Boateng and Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah gave a joint interview, discussing their similarities, idols, and the problem of racism.

Thiago training on the field again (

Thiago has taken the next step in rehabilitating the muscle tear he suffered in November. He performed some dribbling exercises, took shooting practice at a miniature goal, and did some sprints from penalty area to penalty area.

Hummels and Alaba are back in team training (Kicker)

The duo who missed Bayern’s clash with Bremen are back with the team and healthy. Hummels had been recovering from a severe cold and fever, and Alaba had called in sick with a stomach bug.

Bayern Ultras criticize Rummenigge and Bayern's association with Qatar

“The situation of workers in Qatar has improved because of soccer,” next to a picture of Rummenigge with tomatoes on his eyes.

In other news:

James will leave Bayern this summer unless they get Jupp Heynckes to stay (Don Balolololol)

James possesses so many superpowers, according to Don Balon, that he will simply tell Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to send him home and pout until they cancel Real Madrid’s loan agreement with Bayern, unless they can persuade Heynckes to stay. Amazing how Don Balon always gets two inside scoops at Bayern when everyone else gets one!

Hamburg fire head coach Markus Gisdol (Kicker)

In a move everyone saw coming, HSV have fired head coach Markus Gisdol after Hamburg fell 0-2 at home to a resurgent Köln. His two assistants were also fired. The “dinosaur” is flirting with the tar pit at the bottom of the table, just 3 points ahead of Köln, which failed to win a match the entire Hinrunde. Hamburg have signed Bernd Hollerbach to coach the team until 2019.

Have a great day!

Mats Hummels shows off his elite finishing in training

Sandro Wagner with the assist!