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What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich
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What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has heaped praises on his players, including Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, for their “enormous sacrifice” after beating Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Wednesday night in Germany. Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG before Marquinhos made it 2-0 for the visitors, thanks to Neymar’s assists. However, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller then equalized for Bayern before Mbappe netted again to give Pochottino’s men a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week. “I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, who found themselves in difficult situations against the best side in Europe,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference after the game. “We ne...
Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich
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Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich

  Julian Draxler has said that his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe has ‘quality like no-one else in the world.’ Draxler said this after Mbappe netted twice to help the French champions to a memorable 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night. Mbappe opened the scoring for the visitors and Marquinhos made it 2-0, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller had equalised for Bayern before Mbappe netted again. PSG now have a huge advantage going into the second leg in France with three away goals and Draxler had no doubts who they had to thank for the fine win. He said the prolific Frenchman possesses quality that no other player in the world can match. “That’s what [Mbappé] is there for becau...
Bayern 2-3 PSG: Kylian Mbappe Scores Twice as Paris St-Germain Beat Title Holders, Bayern Munich in Champions League Quarter-final
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Bayern 2-3 PSG: Kylian Mbappe Scores Twice as Paris St-Germain Beat Title Holders, Bayern Munich in Champions League Quarter-final

European and World champions, Bayern Munich were stunned by PSG as they suffered their first champions league defeat since March 2019 on Wednesday night, April 7, losing 2-3 at home. PSG took an early lead through star boy Kylian Mbappe after making an aggressive start as Bayern showed just how much they missed the absent Lewandowski. Marquinhos scored PSG’s second, before Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller both struck for a Bayern team that played with an intensity and intent that bordered lacked that magical finishing touch that Lewandowski had become known for. Bayern fought back well, taking control in the second half to make it 2-2 but PSG struck on the counter to secure their advantage. Fresh from outshining Lionel Messi in the previous round, Mbap...
Thomas Muller Responds to Claims that Germany ‘Stole’ Nigerian-born Musaila from England
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Thomas Muller Responds to Claims that Germany ‘Stole’ Nigerian-born Musaila from England

  Bayern Munich star, Thomas Muller, has refuted claims that Germany ‘stole’ Nigerian-born youngster, Jamal Musiala from England. Muller said he found “no English blood” in Musaila’s bloodline when the teenager pledged his international allegiance to Germany. A battle for Musaila’s International future raged between Germany and England with Nigeria hoping they can still acquire his services. But the young player chose Germany. Musiala represented England at the youth level, having grown up in London and spent time with Chelsea, he, however, opted to play for the land of his birth at the senior level. There were claims in the English media that Germany stole the player from England but speaking to Daily Mail, Muller said, “I don’t know if we stole him. “I looke...
Muller focused on Bayern Munich as he pushes his case for Germany recall
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Muller focused on Bayern Munich as he pushes his case for Germany recall

The veteran forward has been in inspired form over the past few months, while his national team has struggled without him Thomas Muller was not thinking about the possibility of a Germany recall after helping Bayern Munich retain their place at the top of the Bundesliga. Scrutiny of Joachim Low's decision to drop Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his Germany squad last year has been under intense scrutiny following their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain in November. Low became only the third Germany manager to concede six goals in a match after Otto Nerz and Sepp Herberger, with his team now having won just three of their past eight fixtures.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Late Muller penalty delays progress for Simeone’s side
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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Late Muller penalty delays progress for Simeone’s side

Thomas Muller scored a late penalty to cancel out Joao Felix's first-half strike as Bayern Munich held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw. Atletico Madrid's hopes of qualifying from their Champions League group will go down to the final matchday after Thomas Muller scored an 86th-minute penalty to earn a weakened Bayern Munich a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano. Bayern had won their previous 15 games in UEFA's flagship competition but were already assured of top spot in Group A and left the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer out of their travelling squad. With Lokomotiv Moscow losing 3-1 at home to Salzburg earlier on Tuesday, victory for Atleti would make certain of second place with a game to spare, an aim they were on course to achieve thanks to Joao Felix's eighth go...
Muller backtracks over Bayern-Havertz transfer rumour comments
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Muller backtracks over Bayern-Havertz transfer rumour comments

The vice-captain of the Bavarian giants has dismissed talk of a dispute with the club's hierarchy after making some controversial comments Thomas Muller has clarified his controversial comments about Bayern Munich’s transfer policy, insisting that his initial words, which led to a public rebuke by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, were taken out of context. Muller caused a stir on Wednesday when he spoke about the “paradox” in the club’s finances amid rumours of a big-money bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz. Speaking after Bayern’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal semi-final win over Eintracht Frankfurt, the 30-year-old questioned the logic of being linked with a player like Havertz, who could cost up to €100 million (£90m/$113m), while at the same time current players are being as...
‘It’s annoying but we cannot change it’ – Bayern boss Flick unhappy Lewandowski and Muller will miss Gladbach clash
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‘It’s annoying but we cannot change it’ – Bayern boss Flick unhappy Lewandowski and Muller will miss Gladbach clash

The two star players will miss the Bundesliga leaders' next match, much to the frustration of their manager Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has expressed his frustration after Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller earned yellow cards in the win over Bayer Leverkusen which will rule them out of their next Bundesliga match. Despite falling behind early on, Bayern rallied and ultimately ran out comfortable 4-2 winners, with Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski on target. For Lewandowski, his effort took him on to 44 for the season across all competitions, a personal best, while Muller claimed a pair of assists to move him to 20 for the 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign, tying Kevin De Bruyne's record.
Social Distancing Measures Were In Full Effect For Thomas Muller’s Contract Renewal
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Social Distancing Measures Were In Full Effect For Thomas Muller’s Contract Renewal

Thomas Muller's contract extension with Bayern Munich was announced today but the club still had social distancing measures in place. The Bayern legend, who has 195 goals for the club, has extended his stay with at the Allianz Arena until 2023 after the Bavarian giants confirmed the news on social media. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, they had to do things a little different when it came to the customary contract renewal pictures. Instead, they had Muller in the middle with the Bayern shirt and then executive board member Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić standing a reasonable distance away either side. It might have looked a little awkward but after all, precautionary measures had to be taken given the current climate. Reflecting on his new deal, ...
Thomas Müller Happy With Bayern Drawing Chelsea
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Thomas Müller Happy With Bayern Drawing Chelsea

Bayern Munich star man Thomas Müller has revealed he is delighted with the result of the UEFA Champions draw. Bayern was paired to face Chelsea in the round 16 of the Uefa Champions League earlier today. Bayern who won all their group games is indeed a big threat to the England side and the German media are already tipping them to win the tie. Thomas Müller has also expressed his delight in the draw and also claims Chelsea shouldn't be a big threat to his club. He, however, highlighted two players in the Chelsea squad who is likely to give them much problem during the tie.
Muller Goes Unclad Wearing A Lebkuchen To Celebrate His 500th Bayern Appearance
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Muller Goes Unclad Wearing A Lebkuchen To Celebrate His 500th Bayern Appearance

Thomas Muller posted his photo on instagram to celebrate his 500th club appearance after the huge win over Dortmund. In his photo Thomas only 'wore' a heart-shaped Bavarian traditional lebkuchen, and it had 'Thanks, Thomas' written on it to congratulate his 500th club appearance. Muller's 500 Bayern appearance was the last Bundesliaga game, Bayern losing 5-1 to Frankfurt. But last night Bayern has won a brilliant victory in Der Klassiker. In the 4-0 match against Dortmund Muller has finished with 2 assists, and excellent performance.
Man U Planning To Sign Thomas Muller And Kai Havertz In January For £125m
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Man U Planning To Sign Thomas Muller And Kai Havertz In January For £125m

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has given the green light for a £125million double Bundesliga swoop for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller in January. United despatched their top scouts to Germany on Saturday to watch 20-year-old German international Havertz in action against Werder Bremen as well as watching Muller in Bayern Munich's clash with Union Berlin. Muller has been on United's before radar, notably in 2014 when the club wanted to make him David Moyes' first signing after the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era. The German attacker, now 30, is no longer seen as a first choice option by coach Niko Kovac and has started from the bench in five of Bayern's last seven games. Although Muller falls outside the younger age range o...
Bayern Munich 6-1 Fenerbahce: Muller hits treble in Audi Cup rout
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Bayern Munich 6-1 Fenerbahce: Muller hits treble in Audi Cup rout

Bayern Munich will face Tottenham in the Audi Cup final on Wednesday after sweeping aside Fenerbahce in style. Thomas Muller plundered a hat-trick as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-1 Audi Cup win against Fenerbahce at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. Niko Kovac's side were in ruthless mood against their desperately poor Super Lig opponents, with Renato Sanches, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman adding to Muller's treble. Max Kruse gave the visiting support something to cheer with a 64th-minute consolation strike, but it did little to take the shine off a consummate attacking performance by the reigning Bundesliga champions.
‘Wish I was the rock’ – Real Madrid star Kroos pokes fun at Ronaldo in TV stunt
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‘Wish I was the rock’ – Real Madrid star Kroos pokes fun at Ronaldo in TV stunt

The Germany international midfielder has also trolled former Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller and those in charge of running the national team Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has poked fun at former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo while appearing on a German television show. The World Cup winner was, on Monday evening, among the guests on ‘Late Night Berlin’. A regular feature on that programme requires those in attendance to leave funny comments from their personal Instagram accounts on the posts of other famous people.
Arsenal Boss Emery: Ozil Must Live With Criticism
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Arsenal Boss Emery: Ozil Must Live With Criticism

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil must live with the criticism arriving over his Germany retirement decision. Ozil was widely criticised in the lead up to the tournament and and made a scapegoat after Die Mannschaft's group stage exit, after being photographed alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While some players, such as Jerome Boateng, have stood up for Ozil, others, such as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, have been dismissive of his views - even despite DFB president Reinhard Grindel saying he should have been more supportive of Ozil. “We are here to help him," Emery said. “We are his family and [the club] is his home. In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism. "When we do well they are also going to speak about us well. It'...
Muller Urges Bayern To Find Backup For Lewandowski
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Muller Urges Bayern To Find Backup For Lewandowski

Thomas Muller is concerned about Bayern Munich's strength in depth in attack, but accepts it will be difficult to find a quality player willing to play backup to Robert Lewandowski. Poland international Lewandowski recently urged the club to sign another striker to allow him the opportunity for more rests. The former Borussia Dortmund star has shown few signs of slowing down this term and has 13 Bundesliga goals in as many matches, but he felt that bringing in a deputy would allow him to play 15 or 20 minutes less in some games, potentially minimising the risk of injury. Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner is reportedly a target Bayern are keeping tabs on, but Muller feels that any striker the club decides to go for will find life "complicated" playing second fiddle. "We have no player who can ...
Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez Looking For Leipzig Springboard
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Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez Looking For Leipzig Springboard

His coach Jupp Heynckes was also enthusing about the Real Madrid loanee. “He’s an imaginative player and also did a lot to help out the team, both in attack and defence. That is exactly what I demand from him,” said the 72-year-old treble-winning coach, but still remaining true to his principles as a football tactician. “I’m a coach who demands even more. We will still be working on things together.” High praise from a man who has won it all, but also a challenge for even more from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner. James looked at home on his first Bundesliga start at the Allianz Arena and added real impetus to Bayern’s attacking game against the compact defence of ten-man Leipzig. The 26-year-old had more touches of the ball than anyone on the pitch in the first half, and by th...
The managerial situation at Bayern Munich & Shortlist For Potential Candidates
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The managerial situation at Bayern Munich & Shortlist For Potential Candidates

For the time being, Willy Sagnol has been appointed as interim coach until further notice. Here’s the shortlist of potential candidates. Thomas Tuchel Bayern Munich have already had talks with the former Borussia Dortmund head coach, if SportBild are anything to go by. They may not be the most reliable outlet out there, but they do get things right from time-to-time. The question here remains as to whether Tuchel’s ego is a stumbling block for Bayern. Although he won the DFB Pokal with his previous employers, many found it hard to work with him, which could prove a problem for Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß. It’s also unlikely that Tuchel will want the role until the end of the season, especially with Julian Nagelsmann also linked. Julian Nagelsmann The fan favourite – It’s perh...
Muller Stood In The Way Of Coutinho Move, According To Bild
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Muller Stood In The Way Of Coutinho Move, According To Bild

The German newspaper said that Liverpool were ready to sell Coutinho for 100 million euros if they could buy the striker but Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti was not ready to let Muller go. Coutinho has recently admitted that he was "interested" in a move to Barcelona but that it was also an "honour" to play for Liverpool.
Matthaus: Ancelotti Must Take Action Or He’ll Have ‘Total Chaos’ At Bayern
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Matthaus: Ancelotti Must Take Action Or He’ll Have ‘Total Chaos’ At Bayern

Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus has warned Carlo Ancelotti he is close to experiencing "total chaos" at Bayern Munich unless he takes drastic action with his players. Tuesday's 3-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League was not without criticism and Ancelotti's side have already been beaten in the league following a shock defeat to Hoffenheim. Internal disputes and disagreements have not helped matters, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller among those that have expressed their dissatisfaction at the situation at the club. First, Lewandowski criticised his team-mates for not assisting him more as he attempted to win the Golden Boot last season, while he has also hit out at the club's spending in the summer transfer window. Similarly, Muller has gone public with his frustrations ...
Ribery: Throwing My Shirt Not A Sign Of Disrespect
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Ribery: Throwing My Shirt Not A Sign Of Disrespect

Franck Ribery says throwing away his Bayern Munich shirt was not a sign of disrespect. Ribery hurled his jersey at the dugout after being replaced by Thomas Muller with 12 minutes left of the 3-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. A clearly frustrated Ribery was criticised by German football legend Lothar Matthaus after the game, although Bayern's head coach Carlo Ancelotti — who denied a rift with Ribery in May — played down the incident. And the former France international responded to his critics via social media on Wednesday, insisting throwing the shirt was a show of his passion. "I was always one of the honest and loyal players in this business," Ribery posted on Instagram. "I have respect for the fans and for the club I love. "Throwi...
Courtois: Morata Will Score A Lot For Chelsea
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Courtois: Morata Will Score A Lot For Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois expects Alvaro Morata to become a clinical striker for Chelsea next season after his £70 million move from Real Madrid. The Blues made a move for the highly-rated 24-year-old after being beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United. Spain international Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Madrid last season, with 15 coming in 26 appearances in La Liga, before making the move to Stamford Bridge. With Diego Costa set to move on, Morata will lead the attack for Antonio Conte’s side as they look to defend the Premier League title and compete in the Champions League next term, and emerged for the final 25 minutes of their 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in pre-season on Tuesday. Although he was unable to get on the scoresheet, Courtois has been ...
Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich: The 22-Year-Old Who Can Do It All
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Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich: The 22-Year-Old Who Can Do It All

The 22-year-old, who shone in Germany's recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Czech Republic and Norway, once again put in a near faultless performance for Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. With the crowd becoming somewhat restless at the team's struggles to find a second goal to kill off ten-man Anderlecht, Kimmich delivered a superb first-time cross to allow Thiago Alcantara to lay any fears to rest. In stoppage time, the former Leipzig and Stuttgart man then darted inside the opposing full-back to collect a precise Jerome Boateng pass, dance around the goalkeeper and roll in a third goal. It was a finish that displayed dexterity, composure and skill in equal measure. Undoubtedly, Kimmich is playing with supreme confidence at present, and really that comes as no surprise ...
Muller: I Considered Leaving Bayern For Man Utd
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Muller: I Considered Leaving Bayern For Man Utd

Thomas Muller has revealed he thought about leaving Bayern Munich when Manchester United made an offer for him. The Red Devils have been linked with the Germany star for years and Bayern executive vice-chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen confirmed earlier this year that a €100 million offer came from Old Trafford. While Dreesen insisted the club did not even discuss the potential sale of the attacker, Muller himself has admitted that he thought about leaving. "There was a point, two years ago, when this was an issue, when I thought about it," he told Kicker. "But the club immediately supported me and they told me, I belonged here. "When Bayern told me they needed me and how I am an important player, I did not have to think that much anymore." The 27-year-old was criticised last season for ...
‘Lewandowski’s Attacked Bayern’ – Club Told To Dutch Star Striker
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‘Lewandowski’s Attacked Bayern’ – Club Told To Dutch Star Striker

Bayern Munich should sell Robert Lewandowski and build a German core for the future if the Polish striker is not happy with the club’s recruitment policy, says Stefan Effenberg. Despite continuing to dominate the domestic scene in the Bundesliga, Bayern crashed out of last season’s Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Real Madrid. They have since seen the likes of Paris Saint-Germain spend big in the pursuit of major honours, while rivals in the Premier League and Serie A have also invested heavily in their respective ranks. Lewandowski has been outspoken in his views of Bayern’s project, telling Spiegel: “Bayern has to come up with something new and be creative, if the club wants to keep luring world-class players to Munich. And if you want to keep up at the very highest leve...
Bayern Munich President Hoeness Rules Out Draxler Transfer
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Bayern Munich President Hoeness Rules Out Draxler Transfer

Julian Draxler is not a transfer target for Bayern Munich as Die Roten are already well stocked in forward positions, president Uli Hoeness has said.Germany international Draxler joined Paris Saint-Germain in January and impressed at Parc des Princes with four goals in 12 Ligue 1 appearances last term.However, the arrival of Neymar from Barcelona and the imminent signing of Monaco's teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe is set to leave the attacking midfielder down Unai Emery's pecking order and there are reports PSG are prepared to cash in to balance the books.Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly long-term admirers, while Bundesliga champions Bayern have been credited with an interest.But Hoeness does not a see a spot in Carlo Ancelotti's squad for Draxler – who has spoken of h...
Juan Mata’s Common Goal: Why Man Utd Midfielder Is Giving Back
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Juan Mata’s Common Goal: Why Man Utd Midfielder Is Giving Back

Writing on The Players' Tribune, Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata tells us why he's giving something back... Today, I am launching something that I hope will help to change the world, even if only in some small way. And I hope that other footballers around the world will help me in this goal. But before I tell you about it, I must tell you what football means to me. To do that we have to start with something that I will never forget. I can still see the cross coming in. I can see the ball bouncing off Thomas Muller's head, looping over Petr Cech and then hitting the crossbar and going in. And then I remember the sound. I couldn't even hear myself think … it was just pure electricity. Bayern Munich had scored in Munich, in the 83rd minute of the 2012 Champions Le...
Poor Start Against Bayern Munich Cost Chelsea – Kante
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Poor Start Against Bayern Munich Cost Chelsea – Kante

N’Golo Kante believes Chelsea paid the price for a slow start in their 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup. Rafinha’s opener and Thomas Muller’s double put the German champions 3-0 up within the opening half an hour at the National Stadium in Singapore on Tuesday but the Blues did eventually manage to pull two goals back. And Kante, a two-time Premier League winner, felt that his side’s reaction to the early setback was commendable. “It was a good game. We played against a good team. We tried to give our best but they played very well. They scored early in the game,” he told Goal. “So it was a little bit difficult after 3-0 but we reacted very well and finished with 3-2. “It was a good game. You have to keep working and keep improving the results.” T...
James To Rekindle Career Under Ancelotti At Bayern
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James To Rekindle Career Under Ancelotti At Bayern

After a frustrating spell at Real Madrid, James Rodriguez will attempt to kick-start his career at Bayern Munich next season, back under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti. Colombian hot-shot James on Tuesday joined his former Real boss at the German champions on a two-year loan. Bayern have the option to buy the 2014 World Cup top-scorer at the end of the deal. “Signing James Rodriguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid,” said Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.” Instead of flying west to Los Angeles for Real’s tour of the USA, James, 25, will be jetting east with Bayern on Sunday when the Germans visit China and Sing...

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