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Daily Schmankerl: Goretzka back and forth, Heynckes still “nein”

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Introducing a new feature: Bayern Munich news, links, odds, and ends!

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“Gawrsh, I wish I was in Doha.”
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What, you ask, is a “Schmankerl”? In Bavarian dialect, a “Schmankerl” is a tasty tidbit, a little treat or dessert. That’s what we want this new feature to be: something to whet the appetite, but not a full course.

So our “Daily Schmankerl” (which might not necessarily appear every day) will include links to various minor news, transfer rumors (especially silly ones), and a smattering of entertaining posts from Bayern’s social media presence.

The rest is up to you! Feel free to make these posts your place to discuss what we link or whatever you please. So without further ado...

Either Goretzka or Schalke is lying, or maybe not? (Kicker)

Kicker also has information that Goretzka has already committed to Bayern, so either he or Schalke (which claims no decision has been made) are lying. Or maybe not? Kicker speculates that Goretzka might have said he would not transfer to any other club than Bayern, if he decides to leave Schalke. That would explain why clubs like Real and Barcelona are seemingly out of the running, while Schalke remain in the dark as to whether Goretzka will sign a new contract or leave on a free transfer.

Heynckes still says no to an extension (Kicker)

Asked yet again about staying beyond this season, Heynckes answered, “I’ve already said everything about that. I’d not like to make any further statements.”

No talks yet with Robben or Ribery about extending their contracts (Kicker)

Hasan Salihamidzic and Bayern are not in any hurry to come to a decision. Rafinha and Sven Ulreich’s contracts also expire on June 30th.

Julian Nagelsmann defends his remarks about his dream to coach Bayern (Abendzeitung)

“I think 99 percent of coaches think the same way - and when one of them says it out loud, it’s a giant scandal.”

Robert Lewandowski voted best player of the Hinrunde in Kicker’s player survey (Abendzeitung)

Lewandowski received over a quarter of the vote. Carlo Ancelotti was voted second among the worst coaches (behind Dortmund’s Peter Bosz).

Bayern wrap up their winter camp in Doha, Qatar

Robben meets up with an old friend

So obviously, he’ll end his career in Qatar, as Mark Lovell points out:

Rafinha meets a charming pitch invader

Kids are great.

Why have Kobe beef, when you can have Döner?