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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern players react to Boateng rumors; Real Madrid wants Thiago; and MORE!

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The reality is starting to hit the Bayern roster that some of the club’s stalwart players may not be around this season.

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Players react to Jerome Boateng rumors (ESPN)

If there is one thing this Bayern Munich team has, it is a strong sense of camaraderie. As rumors are swirling all around Jerome Boateng, some Bayern players have start to express their feelings on the center back, including David Alaba:

We’d all be sad. He’s a world-class player, one of the best in his position.

Alaba was not alone, however.

Alaba’s sentiments were echoed by both captain Manuel Neuer, who said Bayern would “miss him” and winger Franck Ribery.

Ribery expanded on his feelings a bit:

I’ve been playing with Jerome for many years now. I hope he’ll stay with us because he’s an important player. To me, he’s one of the best central defenders in the world.

This could be a tumultuous period for the Bayern locker room as it has to adjust to potentially losing some of its core group.

Thiago Alcantara eyed as replacement for Luka Modrić at Real Madrid (Don Balolol)

The Don is back and it says Thiago is feeling very eager to exit Munich in favor of a return to La Liga. This time however, Thiago would not be heading back to FC Barcelona, but over to Madrid where he would step in for Luka Modrić, whose wife if allegedly brokering a deal to get the Croatian star to Inter Milan.

The threat of Luka Modrić to Real Madrid is authentic. The Croatian wants to leave the white team in search of new adventures, and Inter Milan is the best equipped to take him. Luka is looking for new challenges, and in Madrid the worst is feared. Thiago, who is crazy about leaving Bayern Munich, is very attentive to that situation. His priority is to return to Spain, and he is willing to go to Real Madrid despite his past as a blaugrana.

From sources close to the player, they have already let Real Madrid know that Thiago wants to wear white, and the board headed by Florentino Pérez likes the idea of ​​seeing the Spanish international at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Whispers have been out there long enough to think that there has to be at least a little merit to rumors about Thiago wanting a return to Spain. Given the Bayern midfield mess (even after the exit of Arturo Vidal) and the general appeal of Real Madrid to most players, we’ll keep a close eye on Thiago over the next couple of weeks.

More rumbles on Christian Pulisic to Liverpool (The Mirror)

It kind of almost makes too much sense at this point. Christian Pulisic is rumored to want a future in the Premier League; Jürgen Klopp has strong ties for Borussia Dortmund; and Klopp’s wide open style suits Pulisic’s skill-set.

When Jurgen Klopp likes a footballer he will try and do everything possible to sign him — whether that is immediately or two years down the line. The trend was typified by his pursuit of Naby Keita, whom Liverpool chased and chased before agreeing a deal 12 months in advance and then tried to throw money at RB Leipzig in an attempt to move forward the start of his official contract. Now the Reds’ boss seems to have Borussia Dortmund’s highly rated attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic in his sights.

Klopp, for his part, gave the Klopp-iest quote possible about Pulisic:

He has a contract at Dortmund, no? That’s the first problem. I like Christian, I’ve known him since he was a kid. He’s still not really old, he’s a fantastic player, and it’s deserved people think highly of him in America. In Germany it’s the same. If he wants to play in England or whatever one day then for sure he has the chance to do so but he’s at a really good club for his development at this moment. It’s really good to be at a club where they know him already.

As much as Pulisic is a fit for what Niko Kovač wants to do at Bayern, that dream may be fading as the Premier League starts to grease the way for the Hershey, PA native.

Sebastian Rudy is going batty (@BastiRudy)

It’s not who Sebastian Rudy is underneath, but what he does at the pivot that defines him.

Arturo Vidal and his arguably more famous son Alonso sporting Barca kits (@kingarturo23)

Speaking of Arturo Vidal...(@dw_sports)

Look, I get the sentiment that NO ONE wants to hear a slight directed at Bayern...but I think Vidal needs to get some slack on this one. I know, I know...it looks REALLY bad, but in reality he’s just giving all the standard quotes pumping up how great his new club is. Given the circumstances of his departure, this should really be a non-issue.

From Vidal’s perspective, Bayern paved the way for him to leave the minute Leon Goretzka signed...and the Chilean handled it like a true professional despite how much you know his pride was probably eating away at him.

There was no sulking, there was no public spat, he played hard before getting injured, and had a non-confrontational exit. I wouldn’t let one statement made in an effort to win over Barcelona fans taint the quality he displayed for Bayern during his stay in Munich.