Leon Goretzka is one of Germany’s bright, young stars and figures to play a key role in Bavaria for many years to come. The midfielder sat down with AZ and talked through a number of topics, including how competitive the environment is at Bayern Munich:
Of course you need playing time to get in. I tried to give full throttle in the preparation in the past games. I want to play every game from the start, but everyone wants that, and I try to convince them of achievement, imposing myself to the coach.
On his “Class of 1995” teammates, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, and Niklas Süle, Goretzka knew the birth year had produced some massive talent:
It is noticeable that our year was always very strong, I have known the guys since we were 14, 15. We are together now, but each in his own way, and now we all meet again at Bayern, which is a really romantic story I think.
On his attitude as a player:
I can not stand it when young players are quiet on the field, hiding, avoiding duels, and then in retrospect, saying: Why doesn’t the coach play me?
Above all, Goretzka just wants to win:
I’m happy about every title - like the Supercup. That was the first title for me at club level and I believe that this is also the secret of success of Bayern, that they always bring people who are hungry. I’m really hungry!
The Bayern Munich center back is creating a lifestyle-type magazine where he will interview famous figures from sports, fashion, and music.
Boateng announces a magazine that “conveys my passion for fashion, sports and music and tells exciting stories from my world.” The Bayern defender will meet athletes, designers and musicians from his circle for interviews.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler has been a popular player in this transfer window. Draxler, it seems, has been linked to just about any club looking for a versatile midfielder capable of playing centrally or on the wing.
According to the latest reports from Le 10 Sports, Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is close to a return to his native Germany, with Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 all ready to pounce.
Draxler has been a long-time target for Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool, whilst Tottenham Hotspur have also been thought to have been interested in the German’s services. Real Madrid have also, in recent weeks, been reportedly interested in Draxler; whilst AC Milan were, at one point, said to be considering a move for the PSG star.
Julian Draxler signed for Paris Saint-Germain from VfL Wolfsburg in 2017, for around €40 million, just two years after he signed for Wolfsburg from Schalke for €45 million. The 24-year-old still has a lot of room to grow as a player and would be an important signing for any one of the Bundesliga sides attempting to knock Bayern Munich off of their pedestal atop the Bundesliga.
For his own career, Draxler just needs to get to a club where he can consistently play, which looks increasingly less likely at PSG given its loaded roster.
Sami Khedira did not have a stellar World Cup. In fact, it was subpar at best, but that has not prevented Paris Saint-Germain from making a pitch to the German international. Juventus, however, will reportedly put a stop to any thoughts that Khedira may have on a move.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in Sami Khedira, but Juventus expect him to sign a new contract. The German international’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and with the arrival of Emre Can he could be afforded less space this season. According to Tuttosport, PSG made an approach to sign the midfielder, with the French transfer window still open until August 31. They see him as an ideal short-term replacement for Adrien Rabiot, whose contract expires next year and who is attracting interest from Barcelona. However, Juve made it clear they Khedira is on the verge of signing a new contract, expected to be a one-year extension.
Khedira, who still hopes to be included in Germany’s next round of international competition, will need to be with a club where he can play if he wants any chance of being included in the next iteration of Die Mannschaft.
Schalke could definitely use Sebastian Rudy on its squad, but if it cannot land the German international, it may take a look at Inter Milan’s Joao Mario.
Inter outcast Joao Mario is leaning towards the Bundesliga, with interest from Schalke 04 dependant on Sebastian Rudy. According to Spox.com in Germany, Schalke would only be prepared to make a bid for the Portugal international if first choice Rudy fell through. Bayern Munich midfielder Rudy is so far undecided between Schalke and RB Leipzig. Only if Rudy opted for Leipzig would Schalke 04 then make a firm offer for Joao Mario.
Given that RB Leipzig has supposedly moved on from its pursuit of Rudy, Schalke may not need to do any further due diligence on Mario, so it can turn its full focus to landing Rudy.
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