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Daily Schmankerl: Arrey-Mbi to train with pros, Niko Kovac to sign with Monaco, Arp looking up to Klose

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Still only 17 years old, Bright Arrey-Mbi could soon be training with the best in the world—if his mom lets him.

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Bright Arrey-Mbi training on June 5, 2020. Kid has hops.
Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Hansi Flick intends for Bright Arrey-Mbi to train with the pros (TZ)

Hansi Flick intends to have 17-year-old defensive Wunderkind Bright Arrey-Mbi train regularly with Bayern Munich’s first team next season. Bright already accompanied the team to their training camp in Doha, Qatar, this past January at the age of 16.

One catch: Arrey-Mbi’s mother has to be won over. Her first priority is that her son finishes school, which is difficult to reconcile with the training schedule of the professional players. Arrey-Mbi is currently training with Bayern’s U-19 team.

The Bayern hierarchy apparently believes Arrey-Mbi can make the jump to the professional team in the coming years. He joined Bayern from Chelsea just last summer. He is extraordinarily large and fast for his age.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told TZ, “Special training is important and is only getting more important. Our players should receive the best possible training. Therefore, we have to work with them individually. At the youth level, our focus is on development. That means, we have to educate young players in targeted units tactically, technically, and physically. To do so, we also are using digital technology and are in the process of building a skills lab.”

Niko Kovac soon to sign with Monaco (L’Equipe)

Monaco has reached an agreement with former Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac. The Croatian coach resigned from his post at Bayern after a disastrous 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in early November. After a year away from the game, he will join Monaco, replacing Robert Moreno.

L’Equipe sounds smitten by our dashing former coach: “his mid-length, his piercing gaze, his energetic attitude on the bench, his experience at a very high level both as a player and as a coach: he has been a well-known personnage in world football for thirty years who is about to land on the bench of Ligue 1.”

Kovac is supposed to sign a long-term contract. Current coach Moreno was under contract until 2022, but Monaco was not satisfied by his team’s performances. Monaco finished 9th in Ligue 1.

Klose gives Fiete Arp hope with first team (Bild)

Fiete Arp still intends to break through at Bayern Munich, and Miroslav Klose’s new promotion to Hansi Flick’s assistant on the first team is giving him hope.

Bild reports that Arp will not go out on loan, not least because no other club can afford his annual salary of €5 million. Arp hopes he will have ample opportunity to gain his form and show his talents in the coming season.

kicker jumps on the Alvaro Odriozola hype train

Just sayin’ — BFW was there first!

Lewandowski missing from 90+ penalty takers in FIFA?!

We saw B/R tweet this and collectively uttered, “da fuq?”

Seriously, I looked it up at the FIFA index, and Lewandowski is apparently rated 88 on penalties. I guess that’s the penalty for Bayern being a PES club?

Alphonso Davies between the sticks

Thank you Marcelo! (No, not that Marcelo)