Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, of all people, indicated that Borussia Dortmund does not necessarily expect Erling Haaland to leave. The former CEO of FC Bayern writes in his ‘Bild’ column: “I recently had an espresso with my ex-colleague Aki Watzke in Munich. He told me that he was very optimistic that Haaland would still play for Borussia Dortmund next season.”
All top European clubs are in on Haaland - including Bavaria. Rummenigge cannot imagine a double top with the Norwegian and the Munich goal machine Robert Lewandowski: “Lewandowski and Haaland in one team - I think that’s nonsense, it doesn’t work. Even the system would not do that: Since Louis van Gaal’s time, FC Bayern’s success has been based on a 4-2-3-1, with two wingers and a central tip. Haaland and Lewandowski cannot act together in this system.
It is possible, I suppose and it would be terrific for the Bundesliga, but Haaland’s resolve — and his relationship with Mino Raiola — will be tested when deep-pocketed suitors come calling next summer.
Former Bayern Munich manager (who can forget that run?) Carlo Ancelotti basically tells Eden Hazard to not let the door hit him in the backside on his way out:
Eden Hazard has been one of the great failures of Real Madrid throughout its history in terms of signings, and is that the former Chelsea promised to arrive as the great star he was to lead the white club to the top .
However, the Belgian player was chaining injury after injury and the minutes and opportunities that he has had has not been able to take advantage of them or to show, even from a distance, a good version, much less the best.
Carlo Ancelotti was questioned about his possible departure in January, during the winter market and the Italian agreed. “Never in my career have I forced any player to stay. I have no doubts about this. If a player wants to leave, he will leave ”.
Apparently, although it is not news, Hazard is also unhappy with his situation and in the Premier they are pending to address the signing of him, possibly in winter. The sale of him would be a good boost in terms of funds, which Madrid will need in the face of the arrival of other renowned players and possible reinforcements for which the team chaired by Florentino Pérez will have to release a large amount.
Here is what we have on tap:
- A look at the risk that comes with being on the wrong side of a devastating blowout.
- The most recent news on what might happen with Red Bull Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi, along with the Bayern Munich tandem of Niklas Süle and Kingsley Coman.
- Yes, I am watching Squid Game and no, I have not seen the new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm yet.
- Are you into sports gambling? I can’t get into the new school version of it and you won’t want to miss an old war story on gambling, covering high school ice hockey, and how bad things can get when your picture is in the newspaper.
Borussia Dortmund seems to be taking a peek at quite a few young players of late. The latest wunderkind on BVB’s wanted list is FC Barcelona’s Yusuf Demir:
As reported by the Kronenzeitung with reference to Diario Gol, BVB is said to be very interested in Yusuf Demir, who currently does not play a role for the Catalans.
Since the end of September, the 18-year-old attacker has had a playing time of just 30 minutes at the former Spanish top club, and has been buzzing all the time on the bench in four games.
After the coaching of Ronald Koeman, the youngster was not included under interim coach Sergi Barjuan against Deportivo Alaves.
It is now questionable whether Barca will now pull the purchase option over 10 million euros for Demir, on loan from Rapid Vienna, in the coming summer - and Dortmund actually snap it.
If you have a good BFW memory, you’ll remember that RLD touted Demir last March as a player Bayern Munich should sign.
ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Preview Show — Bayern Munich takes on Benfica again in the UEFA Champions League (Bavarian Football Works)
Bayern Munich traveled to Portugal, the scene of their UEFA Champions League victory in 2020, to take on Benfica in the previous match-day; they beat the Portuguese side, 0 — 4. The goals came really late in that match with the inspiration being Leroy Sané.
Since then, a lot has unfolded; Bayern were taken apart by Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB Pokal. The defeat, a record defeat for the Bavarians, 5-0, revealed weaknesses in Julian Nagelsmann’s side, including the inability to play around an incessant press. While that game was a one-off, the back-line did not look too solid against Union Berlin either. Where Bayern goes from here remains to be seen, although goal scoring does not seem to be a problem.
Antonio Rüdiger says he is deep in talks with Chelsea FC despite the numerous clubs hovering around him — including Bayern Munich:
Playing for Chelsea since 2017/18, 28-year old German international centre-back Antonio Rudiger went through a lot of different circumstances across his four year-long and counting Blues tenure, but his stay into Stamford Bridge realms seems now solider than ever. To this end, former AS Roma and Stuttgart backliner told The Guardian: “The most important thing about my future is that now I’m very happy here, with Chelsea. My contract extension? My agent is currently in talks with Marina Granovskaia on the subject”.
Borussia Dortmund alumni, allegedly worth 35 million euros right now, is meanwhile tracked by a bunch of top clubs around Europe, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich alumni Ze Roberto is pushing for the club to sign one of his fellow Brazilians:
Zé Roberto recommends the Brazilian Gerson from Olympique Marseille to FC Bayern. “Anyone who would really fit in there is Gerson. He’s a modern player, I like his football a lot,” said the former Bayern star in an interview with “O Fluminese”.
Gerson moved from Flamengo Rio de Janeiro to Marseille last summer. The French paid a transfer fee of 25 million euros for the central midfielder. The 24-year-old has played ten times in the league so far this season, scoring one goal and preparing two more goals.
ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Postgame Show: Talking points from Bayern Munich’s exciting 5-2 victory over Union Berlin (Bavarian Football Works)
Wow, that was enough action to last 3 games. Bayern Munich’s game against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga was nothing short of a spectacle. This is what football fans flock to stadiums for. This was certainly a treat for the football neutral and a big win for the Bundesliga. The Bavarians came out all guns blazing in what was a statement win after the shambolic loss against Mönchengladbach in midweek. This should be a huge morale boost for the team and should help in steadying Nagelsmann’s ship, which has faced some turbulent tides lately.
There were a lot of points to talk about, considering the end-to-end, nail-biting nature of this game. Here are some of the major points covered in the pod:
- Union’s amazing gameplan and resilient, gritty style of play
- Robert Lewandowski the phenomenon
- Thomas Müller propaganda, and why he’s the best in his position
- Bayern’s issues in defense, specifically the right side.
- Julian Nagelsmann’s absence on the pitch and possible effects
- Bayern’s return to winning ways, and the significance of the victory