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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern excluded from Rashica’s release clause, Champions League recap, True/Not True roundup on Sané, Werner, and more!

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Milot Rashica is a hot commodity at Werder Bremen, but his contract effectively excludes Bundesliga rivals from activating his release clause. Meanwhile, Bild’s Christian Falk pours cold water on Timo Werner and dispenses “truth” on other rumors.

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Not coming to Bayern: Milot Rashica.
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Bayern Munich excluded from Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica’s release clause (Sport Bild)

You might remember Milot Rashica for this absolute rocket of a shot he scored against Bayern Munich in December:

Rashica is under contract with Werder until 2022, but he is already a major target for bigger and better clubs. According to Sport Bild, his contract includes a release clause for a fee of €38m. There’s a catch though, should Bayern come calling: the clause applies only to clubs from Italy, Spain, England, and France, not to Germany.

If a Bundesliga rival bid for Rashica, Werder would undoubtedly seek a higher, possibly much higher fee. That almost guarantees that Rashica will eventually depart the Bundesliga. If Werder is relegated, it is virtually guaranteed that they would sell him immediately.

A round of True/Not True with Bild’s Christian Falk

No, Bayern is not about to go after Ousmane Dembélé

— least of all for €40m now that he just injured himself again?! Who writes this nonsense?

Nope, Bayern is not about to trade either Gnabry or Coman for Leroy Sané

What a great way to solve your problem with depth on the wings — by giving up one of your starting wingers while signing another one coming back from an ACL tear! That would indeed be a shocking move!

Seriously, Internet?

Ah, it was an exclusive report in ... The Sun! Should have known.

No #TimoTime for Christian Falk, pace kicker

Falk contends that Liverpool is the club most likely to sign Werner. Kicker recently reported that Bayern’s front office is divided about Sané and is reconsidering its stance on Werner.

Yes, Bayern really wants Upamecano to replace Jerome Boateng

Champions League recap

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Paris SG

When was the last time a 19-year-old introduced himself to the footballing world with this kind of physical force and potential capability? Scoring an incredible eight goals in the group-stages, Erling Braut Haaland is different from the rest of teenage football talents that arrises every year. Strong and physical, Haaland possesses capabilities that most teenagers lack which allows him to compete against fully grown center-backs for 90 minutes.

Yesterday he scored yet another two goals as his mature calmness in front of goal was evident yet again. He is now the first teenager to score 10 goals in a Champions League campaign and has himself more goals than Barcelona.

Quickly after Haaland scored his first, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe proved their world-class by equalizing. Mbappe made an impressive solo-raid through the black and yellow colored defense, and Neymar made a cool finish. That is what can happen when you have these types of players. An against the run of play goal can be produced in a matter of seconds.

But Haaland wasn’t done. Assisted by 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna, Haaland left Keylor Navas in the PSG goal with no chance as he produced a monster strike just out of the penalty area.

It is a dangerous result for Dortmund, who played very well yesterday. Emre Can, who hours before the game signed a permanent four-year-old contract for the club, played brilliantly and their fast counter-attacking trio consisting of Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard, and Haaland caused PSG trouble the whole game. That being said, PSG, with their superstars, has the chance to go through by only winning by one goal.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

How do you win against an unshakable Liverpool? You return to what you do best.

It has been a season epitomized by uncertainty and domestic worries for Atletico Madrid. Question marks have surrounded Diego Simeone and whether he has lost the ability to motivate his Atletico squad. There have been rumors that his relationship with physio-coach Òscar Ortega and the squad has worsened significantly this season. Against Liverpool, in the limelight of World football, Atleti returned to the still we know them by.

A classic 4-4-2 was accompanied by simple football. Atletico kept it simple, compact and defensively resilient. The result was a reminiscent brilliant defensive performance and a great result for the second-leg. Liverpool had seven goal attempts in total, none on target.

This fixture remains wide open though it is clear that Liverpool will have to provide their own type of master-class in order to break-down Simeone’s men.

Is there anything funnier than a #FootyFaceSwap?

Leon Goretzka visits Dachau concentration camp on his day off

Leon Goretzka is one of the most outspoken opponents of racism and fascism on Bayern Munich. He shared images from a visit to Dachau, which is located just outside Munich, on his day off to send the important message #NieWieder, i.e. “never again,” referring to the Holocaust under Nazi Germany.

Emre Can signs permanently for Borussia Dortmund!

18 days was all it took Borussia Dortmund to decide to sign Emre Can on a four-year-contract. The signing will cost Dortmund €25 million, with the loan still expiring at the end of the 2019–20 season.

Welcome to Madrid: