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Peter Bosz leaves Ajax to manage Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund have appointed Peter Bosz as their new boss following their parting of ways with Thomas Tuchel days after their DFB-Pokal win.

Bosz, 53, led Ajax to the Europa League final in his only season in charge of the Netherlands club. It was their first European final in 21 years, but he has now signed a two-year deal to replace Tuchel at the helm of the Bundesliga second runners-up.

He was previously under contract with Ajax until 2019. Dortmund have accordingly agreed to provide a compensation package to secure his services.

Ajax confirmed on their official website that an agreement had been reached with Dortmund.

Their general manager, Edwin van der Sar, who also happened to play for Manchester United, described it as a “good deal”. “I have mixed feelings about this move. When we brought Peter to Ajax last summer it was not the intention that the partnership would end after one year.”

“(But) we have had a great season, especially in the Europa League. As with our players, the coach also attracts the attention of clubs from Europe’s top leagues.”

“We have had a great season, especially in the Europa League. As with our players, the coach also attracts the attention of clubs from Europe’s top leagues.”

“These talks convinced me that this ought to be the next step for me,” Bosz said at a press conference on Tuesday, revealing he had spoken with Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke and the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc for around three hours. “I got a good feeling. It was a respectful discussion. I am convinced that we can work very well together.”

“We had a very, very good feeling about Bosz from the outset, the feeling that something can really grow together here,” Watzke added.

Bayern’s Arjen Robben out for six weeks with injury

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Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben could miss Bayern Munich’s early Bundesliga fixtures after being ruled out for six weeks with an adductor muscle injury.

Robben, 32, pulled up after a sprint and then limped off in the 35th minute of Bayern Munich’s pre-season friendly against fifth-tier Lippstadt.

Bayern continued and win the game by 4-3 in Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge of the club.

The Dutchman had missed the last two months of the 2015/16 season with a similar injury, which saw him limited to only 15 Bundesliga appearances.

Prior to the fixture, Robben had said that he felt his injury was behind him.

He is now likely to miss Bayern’s German Supercup fixture with fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund, their opening DFB-Pokal game at Jena and first Bundesliga match of the season against Werder Bremen on 26 August.

A statement on the Bayern website read: “The injury to the player’s right leg was diagnosed after an examination conducted by the club’s medical unit in Munich on Sunday. Robben will be sidelined for approximately six weeks.”

Meanwhile, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Dortmund is attempting to re-sign Mario Gotze, with ongoing discussions hled over a fee.

Gotze has left Dortmund for Bayern three years ago after he scored the World Cup winning goal for Germany. Dortmund supporters had been embittered by the deal, with some displaying a banner at a game in April making it clear they would not welcome him back.

 

Carlo Ancelotti: Ronaldo will not join Bayern Munich

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Carlo Ancelotti, newly appointed coach at Bayern Munich, had played down the chances for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to make a move to Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti is praiseful towards the recent European Championship winner, but the Italian is convinced that the Portuguese would not be tempted to leave the Bernabeu even if the Bundesliga giants offered to.

Both Ancelotti and Ronaldo worked together closely previously in Real Madrid as they won La Decima, the club’s tenth Champions League title.

“I love Ronaldo’s professional attitude,” Ancelotti said.

“Journalists often ask me how difficult it is to work with players like him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but it is really easy. You don’t have to tell these kinds of players anything. They are very disciplined and focused.”

“Something can always happen in football, but it is very hard to see a player like Ronaldo at another club,” he further elaborated. “he same goes for players like Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Paolo Maldini, who played his entire career at Milan. Players like them simply cannot leave their clubs. They care too much about the clubs the play for.”

Meanwhile in Spain, Real is prepared to keep Alvaro Morata within their ranks despite determination from English clubs to get his signature.

Spain international Alvaro Morata is likely to stay in Real Madrid

Real Madrid is cease negotiations for 23-year-old Morata, with Chelsea reportedly having a €60m bid rejected.

Morata, who starred for Spain in the European championships recently, will return to his city of birth for pre-season. He could even be in the Real Madrid starting line-up that features against Chelsea on July 30 in Michigan when both sides meet in the International Champions Cup tournament.

Chelsea, who has already reined in Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi from Ligue club Marseille, is currently on the look for another striker to compensate for new coach Antonio Conte’s preferred two-forward system.

Mathias Sammer parts way with Bayern sporting director role

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Mathias Summer has parted ways with Bayern Munich at his own request.

The former German International had been Bayern’s sporting director since 2012, but suffered a blood circulation problem in his brain in April this year.

He had rarely made public appearances since then and despite fully recovering, Sammer felt the need to stand down.

“The extensive medical examinations have absolutely confirmed that I’m healthy again,” he explained in a statement on Sunday, a day before the Bundesliga giant officially unveils their new coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

“I had time to think a number of things through, regarding my family and my work for Bayern Munich.”

“Being Bayern’s sporting director means I have to be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with all my energy for the club, the team and also the public.”

“I don’t want to take on these tasks at the moment.”

Sammer’s contract runs until 2018.

His time with Bayern were marked by multiple trophy winning seasons, including four Bundesliga titles, three German Cups and the 2013 Champions League, as well as the UEFA Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup.