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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern inquires about Ödegaard, Werner ready to transfer to Liverpool, Neuer talks leadership, Eredivisie voided

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Martin Ödegaard, the wunderkind of yesteryear is still looking pretty wondrous. Bayern Munich and others have reportedly inquired about him.

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Martin Ödegaard challenges Messi, March 7, 2020.
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Bayern Munich taking a fresh look at Martin Ödegaard (TZ)

Remember wunderkind Martin Ödegaard? He was invited to train with Bayern as a 14-year-old when Pep Guardiola was coach but ultimately chose to sign with Real Madrid. Now he is 21 and is becoming a star. After stops in the Netherlands, he currently is on loan in La Liga to Real Sociedad, where he scored 7 goals and assisted 8 before the season was suspended.

According to a Diario Madridista, Bayern and Juventus Turin both inquired about Ödegaard, but only to be told that “Martin is untouchable.” Real also reportedly turned down Real Sociedad offer to buy him for €18 million. Ödegaard will very probably return to Madrid next season and begin his galactic career in earnest.

Werner ready to join Liverpool if sure of playing time (Sky Sports)

The rumored departure of Timo Werner to somewhere other than Leipzig remains a hot topic. This time, Sky Sports is virtually certain that Werner will leave Leipzig this summer, whenever the transfer window finally opens, and most probably for Liverpool:

Werner will become a Liverpool player this summer if Klopp decides to activate his £52m release clause and if he can convince Werner he will play regularly next season.

He is almost certain to leave RB Leipzig in the summer because of his release clause and he favours a move to Liverpool as long as he gets to play.

If Liverpool can give his representatives the assurances they need, then Werner playing for Liverpool next season becomes a real possibility.

Bayern Munich, of course, remains interested, but it is virtually impossible to determine how interested at present while the club prioritizes extending its key veterans and waits to see what the coming months bring.

RB Leipzig sporting director: “no inquiry” about Werner (kicker)

RB Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krösche spoke to kicker briefly about the ongoing rumors. First and foremost: “There has not been any inquiry” about Werner. That, of course, is not especially surprising in light of his fixed release clause. If that is a given, the key question for suitors is, as we read above, to reach personal terms and assurances with the player.

Krösche said he had not heard of any decision regarding Werner, whether by Liverpool or Werner himself. “As for everything else, we’ll see.” For now, Werner feels comfortable in Leipzig.

Neuer talks about leadership (TZ)

Manuel Neuer gave a leadership talk to the DFB Academy, discussing the qualities that a leader needs to possess. Among his remarks, Neuer said,

The most important thing in a leadership position in my view is to be open and talk a lot. If you talk too little and have too little communication with your teammates, the coaching staff, and the officials, then you don’t have the character to be a leading player.

Neuer described his own approach as flexible. “There are different Manuel Neuers. It always depends on the situation and the experiences that I have been able to acquire.”

Even goalkeepers can be effective leaders Neuer argues:

As goalkeeper, you are automatically in a position in which you must accept responsibility. You have to direct a lot and talk with the people in front of you anyway. You can also, however, communicate non-verbally from the back. I suspect that 95 percent of players can make something out of my body language.

Certainly Bayern executive Oliver Kahn agrees with that.

Eredivisie voided: no champion, no relegation, no promotion

The top league of the Netherlands has taken the step that UEFA has been dreading: the Eredivisie has officially voided the 2019/20 season. This year, there will be no champion, no relegation at the bottom, and no promotion from the second division.

Ajax Amsterdam was in first place with 56 points, edging out AZ Alkmaar on goal difference. The cancellation is perhaps even more bitter for Alkmaar. The club has won the league just twice: first in 1980/81 and last in 2008/9, with Louis van Gaal before his transfer to Bayern Munich.

Werder Bremen staring a loss of €45 million in the face (kicker)

Obviously, the coronavirus crisis has affected all the clubs in the Bundesliga, but Werder Bremen is one of the traditional clubs that faces some of the worst consequences. Werder’s CEO Klaus Filbry gave a frank assessment of the what threatens the club in a worst-case scenario, estimating losses of approximately €45 million.

Filbry is hopeful, though, that the club will stay above water until at least early fall. But the club will need to secure an eight-figure loan to stay afloat.

Werder anticipates a loss of at least ca. €6 million in sponsoring and ticket sales and another €3.3 million in the business sector. There moreover are another €5 million in “open bills” that it might not be paid because their partner companies are threatened. The extensions of its corporate sponsors Volkswagen and betway, each of which pay €5.6 million per year, are uncertain.

DFB Pokal final postponed indefinitely (kicker)

The DFB has made the postponement of the DFB Pokal final in Berlin official. The final was supposed to take place on May 23 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Since the final obviously cannot be held, and the finalists moreover have not yet — nor, presumably, will be — known until much later in the summer, the DFB has postponed the final indefinitely. The goal is to conclude the competition by June 30.

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