Bayern München are trying to “weaken” or “unsettle” league rival Borussia Dortmund, according to BVB player Mats Hummels. The Germany international claims the Bundesliga champion did so recently when they revealed Marco Reus contractual situation. Also, West Ham could have signed Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibišević during the summer had the Bundesliga side not been eager to keep hold of their 30-year-old goal scorer. In Hamburg, many players might be leaving if the club’s fortunes are not to be turned around, according to the clubs executive Dietmar Beiersdorfer and Shinji Kagawa might be looking for a busy start to life at Dortmund.
“Bayern have had difficulties for us for years,” – Mats Hummels
Bayern Münchens problems with Borussia Dortmund has been existing “for years”, according to BVB defender Mats Hummels. The German international claims that Bayern are trying to “weaken” or “unsettle” the Signal Iduna Park outfit, and the 25-year-old claims Bayern did so recently by revealing Marco Reus contractual situation.
“Bayern have had difficulties with us for years, which is why they try to weaken or unsettle us,” Hummels is quoted as saying by Goal.
“Look at the way Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently betrayed the alleged contract details of Marco Reus – such statements are calculated.”
Mats Hummels came through the youth ranks at Bayern before making the move to Dortmund in 2009. Despite his close ties to the Bundesliga champion, he has no intention of following in the footsteps of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze by signing for FC Bayern in the near future.
“I wanted to set an example with the extension I signed and it will run for five years until 2017,” he says.
West Ham failed to sign Ibišević during the summer
West Ham were interested in Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibišević this summer, the 30-year-old tells Turkish-football.com. The London club’s manager Sam Allardyce was in the market for a goal scorer after former Liverpool player Andy Carroll picked up another injury. However, the Bosnian remained a part of Armin Veh’s roster after the Mercedes-Benz Arena outfit refused to sell their priced asset.
“I stayed, but you never know. If a good offer comes in, I may leave,” the striker is quoted as saying by Turkish-football.com. “Vadhid Halilhodciz and Trabzonspor contacted me and offered me great conditions.”
“West Ham also wanted me, but Stuttgart did not want to sell this summer.”
Ibišević represented Hoffenheim until 2012 when a 4 million pound deal moved him to Stuttgart. The 30-year-old has scored 47 times in 99 appearances for Die Schwaben.
No contract extensions on the edge of being finalized in Hamburg
Hamburg have delayed all talks with those players who are in the final year of their contracts, Club Executive Dietmar Beiersdorfer told the Hamburger Morgenpost. The club was nearly relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history last season, and has started the new league campaign by only collecting one point. Now any extensions will have to wait until the clubs fortunes are turned around.
“I can confirm that we have put everything on hold,” Beierdorfer said. “We are not going to extend any contracts at this point in time.”
“First, we are keen to see what the players are capable of accomplishing through improved performances.”
Heiko Westermann, Marcell Jansen, Ashton Götz, Tolgay Arslan and former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart have all less than one year remaining on their contracts.
Kagawa set for busy start to new BVB life
Shinji Kagawa won’t get an easy start to life at Dortmund, according to head coach Jürgen Klopp. The 25-year-old made the move back to Signal Iduna Park as the summer transfer window expired after he failed to nail down a starting spot in Manchester United during his two-year stay at the club. Kagawa immediately scored in his comeback at BVB (a 3-1 win over Freiburg), and will continue to be a part of Klopp’s starting lineup due to the clubs many injuries, the coach says.
“We cannot wait for a few more weeks,” Klopp tells Kicker. “Shinji is now directly very important for us.”
Ciro Immobile has suffered from an injury to his hip lately, and was substituted in the second half against Freiburg. Jakub Blaszczykowski on the other hand missed the match completely due to injury.
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