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Daily Schmankerl: Bale intrigued by Bayern; Zizou goes “blue”; and Kimmich’s faulty wardrobe as a kid

It’s Match Day Mayhem!!!! All the news is building into a powder keg that will burst later today! Gareth Bale likes Bayern; Jupp shuns the team hotel; Zizou never wanted James gone; and more!

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Gareth Bale thinks Bayern Munich might not be a bad place to play (ESPN)

Oh, we lampooned this potential move a while back, but the Welshman has indicated that he was proud to be linked with Bayern and would not rule such a move out.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has told Bild it is an “honour” to be linked with a move to Bayern Munich ahead of facing them in the Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday. At the news conference ahead of Wednesday’s game, Zidane did not mention Bale by name, although when talking of ex-Madrid star James Rodriguez, he did predict that other players might leave the Bernabeu this summer due to a lack of playing time.

However on the morning of the match Bale said that he would consider an offer to join Bayern’s “fantastic squad” although “as of now” he was a Madrid player. ”You can never rule out anything in football,” Bale said. “Currently, I play football at Real Madrid and I enjoy that. Bayern have a fantastic squad and already in the past they have always been one of the most successful clubs in Europe. It’s an honour for everyone to be linked with this club. But as of now I am a Real Madrid player.”

Bale certainly has not gotten the consistent playing time for Los Blancos, so maybe?

Jupp Heynckes knows all the right moves (Bild via @HomeBayern)

In a class move, Heynckes opted to allow his players to sleep in the comfort of their own beds rather than in a hotel last night. It’s the little things like this that sometimes make a difference.

Zidane: Real Madrid are not going to [poopoo] their pants (Marca)

Zizou worked a little “blue”(as they say in the comedy word) at his press conference.

The Frenchman was clear that none of his team were going to have their feathers ruffled in the first leg at the Allianz Arena. “We are not going to s**t our pants, there is no such thing,” he said to reporters at his pre-match press conference. “We like to play these games, are emotionally well, and we are prepared to play a great game.”

Just in case, however, Los Blancos will not be wearing their white kit. Zidane was not done there, though. The Frenchman went into why James left Madrid.

I didn’t want him to leave. He wanted to play more and I understand, I’ve never had problems with James. This year it’s been the same with other players who remain on the bench, and it’s a f**ker for a coach. He’s going to be motivated because he’s a football player and wants to do well. Anyone who thinks I’m against James is wrong, he’s a great player.

Hindsight is always 20/20, you know?

Joshua Kimmich once again displayed questionable decision-making during his youth (Marca)

Kimmich is simply one of the best right-backs in the world and although he counted a Bastian Schweinsteiger jersey among his wardrobe choices, he also had another familiar name in his collection.

Joshua Kimmich’s rise has been dramatic, with the 23-year-old having become a regular at Bayern Munich and having impressed Joachim Low so much that the Germany coach said the full-back is one of the best talents he has ever seen. His teammates insist that he is capable of playing in any position and as a kid he had a great appreciation for midfielders, as he owned replica shirts of Bastian Schweinsteiger and of Zinedine Zidane.

Sadly, the choice of Zidane was only Kimmich’s second-worst kit.

Juventus leads the chase for Anthony Martial (Daily Mail)

The Martial rumors are still circulating with Juventus, Bayern, and FC Barcelona as the primary competitors for his services.

Jose Mourinho is prepared to let Anthony Martial leave Manchester United this summer, as he looks to free up space and funds to bolster his squad—and Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are set to battle it out for his signature.A summer of upheaval is expected at Old Trafford as the Portuguese attempts to bridge the gap to Premier League champions and neighbours Manchester City next season. The revelation has put Serie A giants Juventus on red alert, who are keen to land the outcast to bolster their own attacking options, and club CEO Giuseppe Marotta is understood to be pushing hard to secure his signature. Martial has seen his playing time limited this season in the league, having only started 17 of the club’s 35 top-flight matches.

Finally, remember what happened last time Bayern played a La Liga team?

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