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Matthias Sammer rules out Bayern exits

February 10, 2014
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has rubbished reports that a number of players at the club are set to leave the European champions.

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Bayern’s 2-0 victory at Nurnberg on Saturday means the Bavarians have now gone 45 Bundesliga games without defeat, while they have won 12 straight league games, trailing the 14-match record they set last season.

Despite the club’s domination, though, players within their ranks continue to be linked with exits from the Allianz Arena. The latest being Javi Martinez, with Spanish media claiming that the midfielder is considering a move to Real Madrid.

However, Sammer told Abendzeitung: “Martinez to Real Madrid? [Thomas] Mueller? I don’t know, maybe Dynamo Dresden? That’s all bulls---.”

Sammer then reiterated that Bayern “are a buying club, and not a selling club”.

The former Germany international refused to comment, though, on Toni Kroos, who was left on the bench by coach Pep Guardiola at Nurnberg for the full 90 minutes.

“The team played a good game against Frankfurt [last week]. You change the team now, who do you want to explain that?” Sammer said, pointing to Guardiola for answers.

Guardiola had made two changes to the Bayern team from the Frankfurt game, replacing the injured Franck Ribery with Arjen Robben and playing Mueller instead of Xherdan Shaqiri.

When questioned about Kroos, Guardiola also refused to comment.

“I usually only talk about players who have played,” Guardiola said.

Kroos left Nurnberg without talking to the media, and Bayern captain Phillipp Lahm said: “It’s clear that it’s not a nice situation for Toni. But the coach makes the decision, and every one of us has to accept them.”

Kroos and Bayern have so far yet to reach an agreement over a new contract.

With his current deal running until 2015, and Manchester United manager David Moyes seen next to one Kroos' agents at a Bundesliga match in January, he has been linked with a switch to the Premier League.


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