Do you want to buy Antonio Rudiger? Forget it! According to Stuttgart manager Armin Veh, the 21-year-old is not up for sale. Moreover, Michael Mancienne, who recently left Hamburg to return to the United Kingdom, encourage more Englishmen to sign for a Bundesliga club, and Holger Badstuber has made his long anticipated return to action. Lastly, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge completely slams his Bundesliga counterpart for declining Bayern München’s proposal to start the Bundesliga on August 29.
Rüdiger is not up for sale
Stuttgart won’t sell Antonio Rüdiger this summer, amid interest from Premier League side West Ham, according to the club’s manager Armin Veh. The 21-year-old made his national team debut in May, and was capped 30 times by the Mercedes-Benz Arena-outfit last term. His obvious talent has drawn attention from across Europe, but no club will be able to buy the centre-half out of his three-year long contract, Veh confirms.
“Antonio Rüdiger is under contract with our club,” the manager told Sky Sports. “We have no interest in selling him, we have never considered that.”
Five players have left Stuttgart this summer. Johan Audel (Nentes), Cacau (unknown), Ibrahim Traoré (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Arthur Boka (Malaga) and Rani Khedira, younger brother of the newly crowned world champion Sami (RB Leipzig). Antonio Rüdiger won’t be added to that list.
Englishman? Go to Germany!
According to former Hamburg-defender Michael Mancienne, it would be a good experience for English footballers to test their skills in the Bundesliga. The 26-year-old represented Hamburg between 2011 and 2014, before making the move back to the United Kingdom to show his worth at Nottingham Forest. The defender’s spell in Germany was perhaps not as successful as he had intended, he made it to HSV’s starting lineup only 39 times in three years, but the former Chelsea-player says he learnt a lot in the world’s football Mecca, and would encourage more English footballers to sign for a Bundesliga club.
“It’s been a great experience for me and I definitely have learnt a lot, but there’s obviously ups and downs,” the 26-year-old told Sky Sports. “It’s been though at times and it’s hard when you haven’t got family and friends down the road that can come over quickly, but this has made me a stronger person.”
“I think the German league is growing. We’ve seen the World Cup and how good they were and it’s the same in the leagues. Every team tries to play football and it would be a great experience for English lads to do it.”
Badstuber is back in action!
Holger Badstuber has made his long-awaited comeback to action on Friday as the defender played his first game since 2012 when Bayern München locked horns with Red Baroons in a pre-season friendly. The match was won 3-0 by the Germans, with David Alaba scoring twice and the 17-year-old talent Daniel Hagler scoring once.
The centre back ruptured a cruciate ligament on the first of December 2012, and has since been out of action for 533 days. He missed Bayern’s road to Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League glory in 2013, as well as the whole last season.
Prior to his comeback, Badstuber said it was an “insane” joy to be back on the pitch, and that the long injury layoff had made him a “different” person.
“I’ll train through now just up to the start of July,” the 25-year-old told Kicker. “It’s an insane joy to be back on the pitch.”
“This time has made me a different player. I am now faced with a new beginning.”
Rummenigge: I miss some team spirit by the Bundesliga
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has criticised his Bundesliga counterparts for trying to cause damage to Bayern München. According to the 58-year-old, Bayern made a proposal to begin the new campaign on August 29, instead of a week earlier. This would give players who took part in the World Cup another week of much-needed rest, but the notion was declined, to the Lippstadt natives anger.
“Three weeks of rest is too short, two weeks of preparation is not enough,” the Bayern-CEO told Bild. “I miss some team spirit by the Bundesliga. At a manager meeting I wanted to let the Bundesliga start on August 29th and not already on the 22th, but it was denied.”
“I miss the solidarity towards those clubs who had a lot of players at the World Cup. I mean from Dortmund there were eight or nine in Brazil too.”
Bayern begin the new season on August 13th with the German super cup clash against Dortmund. The Bundesliga kicks off nine days later with a home game Friday versus VfL Wolfsburg.
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