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Lukas Mai could stay; Thomas Isherwood could go; Niklas Süle is basically Bran Stark; and Bayern did everything yesterday but mess around and get a triple-double.

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Bayern Munich’s Mai made an instant impression with Brazzo among others (Bild)

Hasan Salihamidzic was apparently a big fan of the composure and ability that Lukas Mai displayed yesterday in his debut with the first team. Mai was rumored to be on the move to Hamburger SV after the season in hopes of getting more first-team minutes. Those plans may now have a hitch.

Luke may not leave Bayern! That’s what we’re going to do. We are now in good conversation with him.

The debut of Mai was mostly dictated by the injuries and roster limitations that Jupp Heynckes faced heading into the Hannover 96 game. Mai, however, took advantage of the opportunity and maybe pushed his way into the center-back of the future discussion with Niklas Süle and rumored target Mattijs De Ligt of Ajax.

In addition to Salihamidzic, Niklas Süle and Thomas Müller came away impressed by the youngster as reported by

The 18-year-old played in Süle’s ‘favourite position’ at Hannover - and immediately earned special praise from the international defender. “Hats off,” said Süle sharing Mai’s joy. “I know how nervous you are when you finally play in the position you’ve worked for through the youth ranks.” Süle was happy to share advice with the U19 captain: “In two or three situations, I tried to have a word with him and he immediately put it into practice.” Thomas Müller was also very happy with the debutant as he looked into the future: “The youth section can carry on like that!”

Bayern Munich defensive prospect Thomas Isherwood is being eyeballed by Celtic (Football Insider)

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The 20-year old Swedish center-back, who is currently a member of FC Bayern Munich II in the Regionalliga Bayern, could be on the move if Celtic has its way.

Celtic are lining up a move to sign Bayern Munich defender Thomas Isherwood this summer, Football Insider sources understand. Isherwood, 20, has emerged on Celtic’s radar with scouts from the Scottish club watching him in action on several occasions this season. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen his defensive options this summer with Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko expected to move on at the end of the season. Rodgers sees Sweden Under-19 international Isherwood as someone with huge potential who could develop into a top-class player.

So, what is the background on Isherwood you ask?

Bayern Munich beat a host of clubs, including Manchester City to sign Isherwood from Swedish club IF Bromma in 2015. The rising star has yet to make his debut for Bayern’s first-team, but has impressed for Bayern’s reserves in the Regionalliga. Isherwood has just a year to run on his current contract at Bayern and Celtic are ready to test the German club’s resolve to hang onto him by making a swoop in the forthcoming window.

Süle goes Miss Cleo on ‘Sippi’ (

The win over Hannover 96 marked the first goal by Sebastian Rudy as a member of Bayern. Obviously, it was a momentous occasion for the former Hoffenheim man.

“I’ve often tried it and now it’s finally happened,” said a happy Rudy about his first Bundesliga goal for FC Bayern, which the midfielder has been after for a long time. And the goalscorer also thanked his former and new teammate for his contribution. “Niki told me in the walk before he game that I’d score a goal. Of course, I believed him,” said Rudy with a laugh. “At least I hoped it would happen. Great that it has.”

Süle also broke down his track record of predicting the future.

Süle as a soothsayer – It was not the first time the central defender has been on hand with his apparent supernatural powers. “Mats (Hummels, ed.), Sippi (Rudy), and I went on a walk together before the Augsburg game. We talked about own goals. By coincidence, I scored one in the afternoon. This time we talked about Sippi’s first goal of the season and he goes on scores one straight away. It’s a bit funny,” he muses. “But I’m incredibly happy for him.”

Saturday was a banner day for FC Bayern at just about every level within the club (

In all the club had eleven wins and one draw against no losses (11-1-0) yesterday from the youth system through the first team. No word on whether Ice Cube’s “It was a good day” was heard blaring from the offices on Säbener Straße.

Bayern’s commitment to technology hits the pitch (Bild)

You have to admire Bayern’s desire to evolve with technology.

The “FC Bayern Greenkeeper App” from Siemens evaluates data that collect and send sensors on the field. With a look at the smartphone, the groundsman knows exactly where the lawn needs to be maintained. Lars Oyntzen has developed the app: “It’s a dream to develop a solution for the club you’ve been looking forward to since childhood.”

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