Manchester City transfer news: Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac ‘confident’ of successful Leroy Sane pursuit

28 Jul

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has revealed he is ‘confident’ that Manchester City forward Leroy Sane will join the Bundesliga champions this summer.

Bayern are long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, who found regular playing time hard to come by at the Etihad last season.

Leroy Sane is wanted by Bayern Munich
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And while a deal to bring Sane to the Allianz Arena would require a lot of financial muscle, believed to be in the region of £90m, Kovac is optimistic of his side’s chances of landing the Germany international.

Asked by ZDF whether a deal to sign Sane is realistic, the Bayern boss replied: “We want him and the club is working on it. But I’m confident and assume that we can get him.”

The Croatian previously told Bild that Sane was the club’s ‘dream player’.

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is confident the Bundesliga giants will sign Leroy Sane
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“We all know that Sane is our dream player,” he remarked.

“The public knows that, we know that. We will do everything to realise this transfer.”

City boss Pep Guardiola recently expressed his desire to keep Sane at the Etihad, but admitted the club would not stand in his way should they receive a suitable offer and he wishes to leave.

“We want him to stay. So it’s not in our hands – he has to decide,” he admitted.

“If he wants and there is an agreement then it’s good, but if he wants to leave he can do it – but we will be sad. Hopefully he stays.

“Leroy is a guy who I appreciate a lot – I like him a lot. I think he has an incredible gap to be better in terms of being connected in the game.”

Liverpool news: Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac admits Javi Martinez faked cramp against Liverpool in Champions League last-16 first leg

20 Feb

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac admitted Javi Martinez faked cramp to waste time against Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Bundesliga champions stifled the Reds’ attack at Anfield to claim a 0-0 draw before the second leg of their last-16 second leg in Bavaria.

Martinez was imperious for Bayern at Anfield

Although Jordan Henderson had a superb game for the hosts, his work rate and ball distribution was matched by Spain international Martinez, who collapsed to the turf clutching his legs seemingly with cramp.

But Kovac, who joined Bayern from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, admitted the midfielder was strategically running the clock down.

“We all know the drill: It’s close to the final whistle and you try to waste a bit of time,” Kovac told Sky after the match.

“Javi has good performance data, meaning he couldn’t have even had a cramp. That’s all a bit of acting.

The midfielder halted several dangerous attacks for the Bundesliga champions

“Recently in Berlin, Kingsley Coman also pretended to have a cramp but he didn’t.

“We have to bring calmness in the game. They do it well, they have the experience for that.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explains reason behind frosty exchange with Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac after goalless draw in Champions League

20 Feb

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed his touchline row with Niko Kovac happened because the Bayern Munich boss didn’t shake his hand immediately after the 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.

The Reds played out a stalemate with the Bundesliga champions at Anfield in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League.

Klopp explained why he was annoyed with Kovac
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And the two managers appeared to clash after the full-time whistle, with Klopp seemingly angry with his opposite number as they shook hands.

Speaking after the incident, the German explained that Kovac left him waiting for a handshake while he high-fived everyone on the Bayern bench.

Klopp said: “That was a pure misunderstanding.

“I wanted to shake his hand immediately [after the game]. But Niko first high-fived all Bavaria — not Bayern Munich — all Bavaria.

“Then I said to him, when he came back, ‘hey, maybe next time turn around to me for a second; then we’ll do that and I can go see my people. Because I was standing there a bit like a dope’.”

According to Klopp, the Bayern manager wanted to congratulate Franck Ribery, who recently became a father, but the Liverpool boss dismissed the excuse as a poor one.

The pair clashed after the full-time whistle
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“He told me he wanted to talk with Ribery, because he became a father,” Klopp added.

“But it was already for the fifth time — that’s not so exciting anymore then.”

Meanwhile, Kovac insisted the frosty exchange was simply down to differing cultures and apologised to Klopp for making him wait.

It was a tight game at Anfield

The Bayern boss said: “Everything was ok. It’s customary in England to shake hands after the final whistle.

“In this case, I first went to my bench and not to him. He [Klopp] isn’t familiar with that in England.

“I apologized for it; no offence was intended, after all. We shook hands afterwards.”

Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich? Former Arsenal boss reportedly interested in replacing Niko Kovac

27 Nov

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in becoming Bayern Munich manager.

Wenger, 69, is ready to return to football after leaving the Premier League club in May.

Wenger’s final game in charge of Arsenal was a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in May

It was suggested he turned down the chance to replace Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham earlier this month.

And one reason for this is because Wenger has no intention of managing another English club as a mark of respect to his 22 years in charge of the Gunners.

But the Daily Telegraph claims the Frenchman has an eye on moving to Germany for the Bayern job.

The Bundesliga champions have been inconsistent under new manager Niko Kovac and they are now nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Kovac is struggling to get Bayern results this season

Bayern’s latest setback saw them blow a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 against the league’s second from bottom side Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Allianz Arena last weekend.

And Wenger could be the man to replace Kovac should the Croatian get his marching orders.

Wenger has said he is ready to return to work in the New Year.

He is fluent in German and has also had offers from Paris Saint-Germain to become the French club’s technical director.

Wenger quashed reports that he was due to replace Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan to reunite with ex-Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis – branding it “fake news“.