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Bayern rule out January sales

November 15, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out any January sales at the club after telling striker Ivica Olic he is going nowhere this winter.

Ivica Olic Bayern Munich
PA PhotosIvica Olic missed most of Bayern Munich's 2010-11 season with a cruciate injury

Olic is disappointed by a lack of first team opportunities and has threatened to seek a move away from Bayern if he fails to break into the first team by Christmas.

But Rummenigge has confirmed that Olic, whose contract expires at the end of the season, will not be allowed to leave.

"We are certainly not going to sell anybody,'' he said in an interview on Bayern's official website. "The coach does not want that and we fully agree with him. We have a really small squad with only 20 players and we are probably below the limit in terms of quantity.

"I hope that we remain in all three competitions beyond the winter break and we will then need at least this squad.''

Rummenigge did suggest that Olic could be offered a new contract in January. "We would like to get to the end of the first half of the season first and the players should concentrate 100% on their football, then in January we will sit down with the players and their agents,'' he added.

The club's attention now is focused on Satuday's top-of-the-table clash against Borussia Dortmund - the side Rummenigge claims are Bayern's closest rivals this season.

"It is no coincidence that they won the league last season,'' he said. "They are a club who are now pushing forwards after years full of problems.

"The record champions face the current German champions and I think both clubs have a great deal of respect for each other. This is a game with a lot of public interest and it is an important game as far as the league situation is concerned.''