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Daily Schmankerl: Marc Roca to leave Bayern Munich in January?; Didi Hamann can’t see Antonio Rüdiger leaving Chelsea; Antonio Conte’s wish list for Tottenham Hotspur; Liverpool, Manchester City linked to Toni Kroos and MORE!

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Roca to bolt Bayern in January? (@Plettigoal via @iMiaSanMia)

Marc Roca is reportedly unhappy at Bayern Munich — which really should not be all that surprising. Roca went from being a key player for Espanyol to never getting off of the bench for the Bavarians.

Now, it seems as if Roca is looking expedite his exit plan and will try to leave in January:

I was not keen on Roca when Espnayol wanted 40 million for him. I was okay with the move when Bayern Munich got him for pennies on the dollar — but I always wondered why a young kid, who needs to be on the field, would consider signing into a dead end position where he was never going to be higher than the fourth option for two spots.

It seemed...silly.

Anyway, Roca’s chances for playing time are not going to increase, so if he can find a good landing spot, I hope he makes the move for his own sake.

Hamann can’t see Rüdiger at Bayern (Metro)

Antonio Rüdiger’s contract discussions with Chelsea FC seem to go up-and-down depending on what day it is. One pundit who can’t see the Germany international leaving London is Didi Hamann.

“I don’t see any reason why he should leave Chelsea; he did ok in Germany early in his career, but he’s become a much better player since moving abroad,” Hamann told Metro.co.uk via FreeSuperTips. “I think he’s getting a lot better with his game, but I don’t think he’ll be an option for Bayern Munich. I don’t see Rüdiger at Bayern Munich I’ve got to say, but if he’s available on a free then there will be a lot of clubs interested. He suits the way Chelsea play and I think he’ll stay at the club.”

Rüdiger is allegedly on the radar of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid among others, but it just feels like he is destined to extend his contract and stay at Chelsea.

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast — Season 1, Episode 24 (Bavarian Football Works)

Here we are...here the bleep we are! It’s the Weekend Warm-up Podcast coming off the heels of a big week for Bayern Munich. After a couple of big wins and just ahead of yet another international break, the Bavarians look like they are back to normal. Here is what we have on tap:

  • A quick look at the successes over the past week in downing Union Berlin and Benfica.
  • A little frustration about the lack of rotation in some key spots from Julian Nagelsmann.
  • Why Marcel Sabitzer should be playing more, even if he hasn’t been great.
  • Ditto for Jamal Musiala, who should also be getting more playing time.
  • The latest on Niklas Süle’s contract situation and the rumored interest from Newcastle United.

LFC, City want Kroos, but he’s not interested (@Plettigoal)

Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg had Toni Kroos’ agent Volker Struth on his podcast and the topic of Liverpool and Manchester City being interested in Kroos came up. His agent seemed to handle the topic well:

Or did he?

It seems like Kroos got his panties in a bit of a bunch with some snark:

Anyone shocked? Didn’t think so.

Bellingham’s bro closer to BVB move? (@westsven)

Jude Bellingham’s brother Jobe seems like he is getting closer to a move to Borussia Dortmund:

Lewy hit with Simpsons treatment (@FootballWave)

I don’t watch it often anymore, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Simpsons in my day:

Xavi set for Barca return (@FCBarcelona)

Xavi’s return to FC Barcelona is done:

Conte wants, well, a lot for Spurs (Sport1)

Antonio Conte wants to shoot for the stars at Tottenham Hotspur...or at least a few stars. Take a look at some of the names on his wish list below:

Antonio Conte is the new coach at Tottenham Hotspurs. According to the English Times , the Italian is said to have already prepared a transfer wish list.

Among others, the Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessié from AC Milan and striker Dusan Vlahović from AC Florence are on it. In addition, Nicolò Barella and the young Alessandro Bastoni, from Contes ex-club Inter Milan, are also to follow Conte’s call to England.

Kessié could even come to London soon for free. The brawny midfielder only has a contract until summer 2022 and would therefore be available for a free transfer.

The 23-year-old Dusan Vlahović is one of the shooting stars of this Serie A season. Eight goals and an assist after eleven games speak for themselves. But the Serb is not only popular with Antonio Conte. Juventus, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, among others, should also be interested in the striker.

In Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 system. If Vlahović could form a good duo alongside England striker Harry Kane, or replace him if necessary, he should try to leave the club again.

Now...Conte’s requests are not quite as expensive as Xavi’s rumored list, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, either.

Funny stuff (@johnspacemuller)

I got a kick out of this: