Watzke Shuts Down Rumors

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The Chief Executive Officer of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke had to step up and shut down claims and rumors that were linking some of his star players with a move away from the club. Marco Reus and Mats Hummels are targets of Manchester United, Barcelona and a number of other Premier League club but they will have to look somewhere else for potential signings as Reus neither Hummels are in the transfer list of Dortmund.

Watzke praised Marco Reus as he said that the German is a world-class player that decided to stay with Borussia Dortmund: “Marco is a boy from Dortmund. His feet are on the ground and his heart is in the right place. Despite his success, he decided himself to stay. We hope that he becomes an icon in his hometown and that he can look back on many unforgettable moments and titles here at the end of his career. He is a world-class player. He is quick, a real goal-threat and possesses great skills. Plus Marco is a leader’’

Watzke later went on talking about Mats Hummels: ‘’We did not just find out at the World Cup that Mats Hummels is one of the best centre-backs in the world. Mats can lead a team, he is superb in building the play and he is a great professional. We are happy and also a bit proud that he has decided to commit to BVB for a long time without any conditions.”

Reus and Hummels are 2 of the most sought out talents in this summer transfer window but it seems like they will be remaining with Borussia Dortmund for the years to come which is awful news for Manchester United as they have been consistently trying to sign Marco Reus but unfortunately for Louis van Gaal, Reus is not moving anywhere.

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Cafu Feels Seedorf Needed More Time

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Former AC Milan defender Cafu has stated that he feels AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf needs to get some time in order to prove his credentials as a manager. Seedorf was appointed as the manager of Milan – one of the biggest clubs in the world – a few months ago. However, he is set to be sacked in the next few weeks according to several reports in Italy. This was because Milan not only failed to recover from the poor form at the start of the season, but they also finished without any form of European football for the next season.

AC Milan owner Berlusconi start to have made it clear to Seedorf that Milan need to finish the European spots due to the prestige of the club. However, the Europa League slipped out of the hands by a matter of just one point on the final day of the season. Despite this, Cafu says that Seedorf can be a great manager, but he needs to get some time. The former Brazil international played with Seedorf for several years winning major titles. He has been in retirement since 2008. Seedorf, however, carried on playing until a few months ago when he announced his retirement as a player.

“Let’s hope the club understand his ideas and that they allow him to do his job. He has different ideas, but he brought in some changes and that is not easy to do during the season. They should give him one or two full seasons before judging him. If they get rid of him now it would be disrespectful. If they don’t keep him and don’t get some good players how are they going to have a competitive team?” said the former Brazil legend. Seedorf is widely expected to be replaced by Filippo Inzaghi.

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Hummels Is Very Happy At Borussia

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Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels says that he is extremely happy at the German club, thus dismissing rumours that he may be set to join Manchester United in the summer. The German international has been heavily linked with a move to Premier league with the likes of Chelsea and United interested in him for several years. The 25-year-old still has a contract at the club until 2017, but the disappointing season with Dortmund last time around is thought to have made him concerned about his international future.

After challenging for top honours regularly during the last two years, the defender has seen himself win no major trophy last season. As a result, Bayern Munich defender have gained an advantage in terms of international appearances. The prospect of joining a club like Manchester United, who have regularly competed for trophies, will be a massive advantage. However, he says that he is not looking for a move right now and that he is concentrating only on his Dortmund career. Hummels suffered a major injury during the midweek of last season. His experience and quality was sorely missed that the back by manager Jurgen Klopp. Hummels has even stated that he may agree a new contract with the club after the World Cup 2014.

Meanwhile, club goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller says he does not want to be the first team player for Germany when Manuel Neuer is injured. “I’ll be there when I’m needed. But I don’t want it to be at the expense of Manuel Neuer. If I can help Manuel get fit, I will do it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he will recover in time to face Portugal,” said the 33-year-old goalkeeper, who is expected to be the first choice until Neuer comes back from injury. He is unlikely to start the World Cup matches.

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Tumbling Records

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Bundesliga 2014 presents a rare scene of tumbling records. The luckiest ones are surely Bayern Munich.

Bayern FC pulled it even with their very own Bundesliga all-time best mark of consistent 15 wins with 5-1 crush of Schalke FC last Saturday. In contrary to the present run, the earlier one 9 years back was played over 2 seasons. Another optimum haul this weekend at Wolfsburg match & Bayern would reach up to the unchartered territory.

Meanwhile, the Munich men secured an outright record in their match against Schalke by securing minimum 2 goals for 15th match running. It removes Dortmund from top spot which they had been holding since 1995.

Bayern also emerged as the 1st ever squad to finish off campaign with 100% home record. The team themselves as well as Wolfsburg and Schalke have all been close to the record earlier, managing t5o secure 16 of 17 matches on the domestic scene. The defending champs are on 11 & counting at present.

Robben (Arjen) should be credit for 3 of Bayern’s 5 goals in their match against Schalke- it marked his 4th hat-trick in Bundesliga.

Heung Son had 7 attempts on 1. FGV Mainz 05 goal- it equaled the S. Korean’s own Bundesliga record.

Slomka (Mirko) lost out on his final 9 away matches & the 1-0 loss at Werder Bremen match took the most unwelcome sequence to double digits for the present Hamburger coach. Bremen’s hundredth Bundesliga meet with northern contenders Hamburg & 50th on domestic turf led to their 25th domestic victory.

Dortmund’s 3-0 domestic win over Nürnberg was the 112th Bundesliga victory for them under Klopp (Jurgen) who overtook the previous record credited to Ottmar Hitzfeld. The same match saw BVB keeper Weidenfeller keeping his hundredth clean-sheet in his 311th high-flight outing all-told.