Mats Hummels cleared the air with Thomas Tuchel (SportBild)
According to Christian Falk of SportBild, the talented center back did some digging deep within himself and appears to have mended fences with former arch-nemesis Thomas Tuchel. The secretive meeting occurred during the international break back in November. Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund manager, and Hummels had a volatile relationship prior to Hummels’ return to Munich; but have made up per the report.
We met in an international break in Dortmund and talked. I can say that it was a good conversation.
Even if the two repaired their broken relationship, it appears that it may not have been enough to help Bayern management make a decision on whether Tuchel would be a fit in Munich. Tuchel has most recently been linked to Paris Saint-Germain, where he would supposedly take over for Unai Emery.
Frank Ribéry is not going to do anything different while waiting for word on his future (Sky Germany via Goal)
As told to Sky Germany and summarized by Goal, Franck Ribéry does not plan to approach anything differently over the next month as his contractual situation works to a resolution.
That’s not in question, I always play with character. When I’m on the pitch I always give everything for my team.
Ribéry, who is obvious anxious to know what his next move needs to be, is handling the situation professionally. The Frenchman also gave this thoughts on Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Sevilla.
We weren’t well organized in the first half and we didn’t push forward. At the break, the coach refocused us. Sevilla are a very good team playing very good football, but we reacted well after going 1-0 down.
James Rodriguez ponders his future in an interview with Fox Sports (Fox Sports via Goal)
In what will surely be a more common occurrence over the coming months, James was asked about his future. The Colombian gave his best non-committal response as translated by Goal.
Back to Madrid? I do not know. In the future you do not know what’s going to happen, you have to think about what’s happening now and this club is my present. I’m happy at Bayern, I’m playing more and that’s good for me. I’m thinking only of Bayern.
It seems clear that Die Roten will want to buy James outright, but nothing concrete has been set despite the many reports circling.
Kimmich opens up on the infamous Der Klassiker post game meeting with Pep (The Guardian via Bundesliga.com)
Joshua Kimmich sat down with The Guardian and summarized his thoughts on that lively, on-field “discussion” with Pep Guardiola back on March of 2016, which was captured by Bundesliga.com.
The incident, which occurred immediately after the game ended drew a lot of attention at the time, but Kimmich had not previously addressed what exactly Guardiola was talking about during the discussion.
The exchange, which looked awkward on television, was actually a positive experience per Kimmich, who has about as good a perspective on that public “dress down” as any young, impressionable player could. He took all the positives from what Guardiola said and did not dwell on the perception of how it could have looked publicly. That is the kind of demeanor a future captain and team leader maintains.
I played at centre-back and five minutes before the end, Xabi Alonso went out and Medhi Benatia came in. Benatia went into my position in defense and I took Xabi’s place in midfield. But I was still thinking like a centre-back. I was playing too deep and Medhi and I were nearly in the same position. Pep shouted at me in the game to move up, but I didn’t recognise why. He told me exactly what he meant before I left the field. In the first moments I was surprised. But, when you know Pep, this is what you get. Pep wants to tell you immediately to make you better. He wants to tell you there and then. Maybe it looked strange, but for me it was great. It showed how much he sees and cares.
Thomas Müller celebrates International Carrot Day with a new title for his C.V.
He may have the day-off from training, but @esmuellert_ will be hard at work on his second job in the stables today #InternationalCarrotDay pic.twitter.com/8a2eVomnEJ— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 4, 2018
Müller truly is a man of many talents.