Aubameyang brands Tottenham’s attempts to sign him as “weird”
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has branded Tottenham's attempts to sign him as "weird". The London club tried to sign Aubameyang in 2012. “If Spurs ever came back in me for me, I'd say no," said the 27-year-old forward. "In the end everything became a bit weird, I didn't really like the way things were done." Note that Aubameyang has made 29 appearances during this season, scoring 23 goals.
Europa League round of 16 draw results revealed
The results of UEFA Europa League draw are now revealed. Among the other clashes, the German derby Shalke 04 vs Borussia Monchengladbach and French-Italian drama Lyon vs Roma stand out. Jose Mourinho's Manchester United also got to know their opponents in the face of Russian club Rostov. Below we present all eight pairs to be played within the boundaries of UEFA Europa League round of 16. Celta vs Krasnodar APOEL vs Anderlecht Shalke 04 vs Borussia Monchengladbach Lyon vs Roma Rostov vs Manchester United Olympiacos vs Besiktas Gent vs Genk Kobenhavn vs Ajax The first-leg clashes will kick off on March 9. Second-leg games will take place a week later, on March 16.
Bayern enter race for Celtic youngster
Bayern Munich are ready to rival Chelsea for the signing of forward Moussa Dembele. The Celtic star has scored 26 goals already this season and could command a £30m fee, reports the Mirror. He was heavily linked with Chelsea on Deadline Day and West Ham have also been tracking him. During the January transfer window, Dembele was even spotted in London which added some fuel to the fire, provoking whispers about his imminent Chelsea move spread around the world. However, it later came out that Dembele was in London for undergoing some medical examinations after he picked up a minor injury.
Ousmane Dembele reveals offers from Man Utd and Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund striker Ousmane Dembele has revealed offers from Manchester United and Barcelona. The 19-year-old signed for Borussia last summer from Rennes. "If it was the love of the game that made me prefer Borussia rather than Barça, Bayern or Manchester United? Yes, that was it and then, of course, the talk of the leaders I liked," he told Goal. "They told me that if I was good, I would play no matter what. I am very happy to be here and I do not regret my choice at all." Dembele has made 30 appearances during this season, scoring 5 goals.
Arsene Wenger: “Bayern are a better team than Arsenal”
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has admitted that Bayern Munich are "a better team" than the Gunners after their thrashing in Wednesday's Champions League first leg at the Allianz Arena. "It is difficult to explain. I felt we had two good chances to score just before half time. I felt we were unlucky for the second goal, the referee gave a corner at first. Then we concede the second goal and then the most important thing was that we lost Laurent Koscielny. We collapsed," Wenger told reporters after the game. "I do not look for excuses. It is a shock of course to lose at that level. We made everything wrong, the fifth goal shows that. These kinds of games you need to be focused for 90 minutes. I felt the third goal was a killer for our players, after that we had no response. Overall I must say they are a better team than us, they played very well in the second half and we dropped our level. We were a bit unlucky that we dropped our level and they were better than us."
Champions league: Bayern 5 : 1 Arsenal – All Goals and Highlights
Bayern Munich 5 : 1 Arsenal - All Goals and Highlights Game Played on 15th February, 2017 Half Time finished with scoreline 1:1 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 5:1
Arturo Vidal has been pushed about Chelsea transfer rumours
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been pushed about Chelsea transfer rumours. According to Daily Express, Chelsea have been linked with a £56million bid to bring Vidal to Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old midfielder has previously worked with the London slub head coach Antonio Conte at Juventus. "They are only rumours that come about quickly," Vidal told Sport Bild. "Ultimately, I played four very successful years under coach Conte at Juventus. But there's no reason for me to leave Bayern. I wear this jersey with pride. I feel good, my wife feels good and the children are happy. And I still have big goals in Munich."
Man Utd Muller bid rejected
Manchester United failed with an £84m bid for Thomas Muller last summer, according to Bayern Munich's financial partner Jan-Christian Dreesen. "There really was such a thing,” he told Sport Bild. “Then came a fax from England. For us, however, a sale of Thomas Müller was never discussed. “If a player fits us, we would be stupid to give him a short-term prospect of a record profit and to weaken him.” It would appear United dodged a bullet with Muller though, with the Germany international struggling for form this season. The 27-year-old has just a single Bundesliga goal to his name for Bayern - he had 15 at the same stage last term.
Mitroglou’s goal secure slight Benfica victory over BVB
Benfica hosted Borussia Dortmund in the first leg match of UEFA Champions league round of 16. The visitors were considered favorites in this pair, while the Portuguese side were ready to surprise them and prepared a hot welcome at Estadio da Luz. Both teams were thinking about keeping a clean sheet more than scoring a goal, and as a result, the first half ended with a goalless draw. However, the second part of the game prepared some food for fans. Kostas Mitroglou opened the scoring in the 48th minute. After a corner kick, Luisao flicked on the ball with his head to Konstantinos Mitroglou, who made no mistake and fired the ball into the back of the net. Ten minutes later, Borussia received a huge chance to level, as a penalty was awarded to the German side. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang couldn't beat Ederson from the spot. The goalkeeper easily saved the penalty. Later on it came out, that Mitroglou's goal was the only one in the game and Benfica earned a slight advantage ahead of their visit to Dortmund.
Manuel Neuer: “There has been “no contact” with Guardiola”
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says there has been "no contact" with Man City boss Pep Guardiola about a possible move to the Etihad. The pair worked together during Guardiola's three-year spell in charge of the Bavarians and the Germany international has reportedly been linked with a reunion with his former manager in recent weeks. However, speaking at this afternoon's press conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 clash with Arsenal, Neuer said he is "happy" with life at the Allianz Arena. "No contact. Pep has my phone number and hasn't called. I'm happy here," said the 30-year-old.