Robben, Ribery playing for new Bayern deals

first_imgThey are part of a group of four players, alongside goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and defender Rafinha, whose contracts expire in June.“We need some time, then we will make decisions,” Rummenigge told Sky.“What is required of us is to create a gentle transition.“We have already made a first (round of talks), when the second will follow, we will see.”According to daily newspaper Bild, a decision will be made by the end of March at the earliest, leaving the quartet with just a few months to convince the German champions — currently 18 points clear in the Bundesliga — of their continued worth.Dubbed ‘Robb-ery’, Robben and Ribery have been stalwarts at Bayern for a decade © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBetween them Robben and Ribery — part of the team that won the 2013 treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga — have made nearly 650 appearances for Bayern and scored exactly 250 goals.However, both are injury prone, especially Ribery, who tore a knee ligament last October.Yet, when fit, they continue to perform.Robben scored two late goals in Tuesday’s 6-0 thrashing of minnows Paderborn in the quarter-finals of the German Cup.Ribery netted a rare Bundesliga goal in Bayern’s 2-0 win at Mainz last Saturday.Bayern will not want to leave themselves light on the flanks and Kingsley Coman is the only other winger in the squad, although Germany forward Thomas Mueller can play out wide.Bayern host Schalke in a crunch Bundesliga match on Saturday and face Besiktas in the last 16 of the Champions League in a fortnight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arjen Robben is playing for his Bayern future alongside Franck Ribery © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are effectively playing for new contracts after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the club are in no rush to extend their deals.Robben and Ribery, both 34, are out of contract at the end of the season and a primary round of extension negotiations has already begun.last_img read more

Simon Jordan’s scathing response to Charlton boss Duchatelet’s talkSPORT interview

first_imgSimon Jordan has ripped into Charlton Athletic chairman Roland Duchatelet after his interview with talkSPORT, in which he accused fans of playing a part in the club’s relegation to League One and making it difficult for him to sell the club.Duchatelet broke his long silence over the turmoil at the London club when he sat down with talkSPORT host Jim White in Belgium for a rare interview, which aired on Tuesday.EXCLUSIVE: Listen to the full interview with Roland Duchatelet on talkSPORT hereThe Belgian millionaire’s comments about why his tenure at the club has been such a failure incensed loyal supporters, who have been campaigning for the 71-year-old to leave the club for the majority of his four-year reign. Charlton fans have long protested against their absent owner 2 2 Duchatelet spoke to talkSPORT host Jim White in his native Belgium And former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan has also given a scathing assessment of the Addicks chief’s excuses, telling talkSPORT on Wednesday: “I felt that 90 per cent of what he said was complete and utter tosh.“I don’t think anybody goes into a football club with the intention of destroying it, but he talked about doing due diligence, and the guys that are going to buy the club doing due diligence, and he came up with some nonsense. “He said that ultimately the buyers changed their mind from one result to another and that the fan climate would affect the buying price, but that’s a load of old pony.“The fact that he didn’t do due diligence, that he didn’t understand the club he was buying into, is more important.“In four years he’s turned a football club that wasn’t doing well into a club that is now going dreadfully, and everyone around it seems to be disassociated and disenfranchised.“He’s looking at it from one point of view and one point of view only – his own. This club under his watch has gone really, really backwards.”Listen back to Simon Jordan’s verdict on Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet’s comments abovelast_img read more