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Bundesliga: Bayern wins with help from VAR, Leipzig loses opener

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Bayern Munich began their title defense with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen after being awarded a penalty thanks to the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Bayern, who were missed a host of key players, were still able to lead 2-0 by half-time thanks to goals from debutants Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso, but were placed under pressure by Leverkusen early in the second half.

However, their star striker Lewandowski appealed for a penalty against the run play, a request that was fulfilled after referee Tobias Stieler consulted the VAR system which has been recently introduced to the German top flight.

Initially unsure, Stieler awarded a spot-kick after consulting the video referees who were based in Cologne, which the Polish striker converted to make it 3-0.

Leverkusen then got a consolation goal through Admir Mehmedi, who lashed in a 20-yard drive, but it was not enough to stop Bayern, who have now won 18 and drawn five in their home stadium at the Allianz Arena since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

Elsewhere, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Schalke 04.

Nabil Bentaleb started Schalke’s win by converting a penalty just before the break, while Yevhen Konoplyanka did the rest, curling home in style to seal the victory.

Borussia Dortmund reject €100m offer for Ousmane Dembele from Barca

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Borussia Dortmund has told FC Barcelona that they will not be selling their French forward Ousmane Dembele despite a €100m offer from the La Liga giants.

Dortmund have said that the France forward is “unlikely” to move to Spain unless they receive an improved offer, with a statement from the German club confirmed the offer — understood to be €100m — had been rejected.

Negotiations is understood to have taken place for days but Dortmund has been insistent that they will not accept less than €150m for the player they signed from Rennes last summer for a 10th of that cost.

“There has been a discussion with Barcelona in regards to a possible transfer of Ousmane Dembele,” the statement, which was released to the German stock exchange, read.

“In these talks Barcelona have presented an offer that does not match the extraordinary footballing and otherwise status of the player and also not the current market situation.”

“BVB have turned this offer down, and as there is no other offer from Barcelona a transfer should not be expected and is at this moment in time unlikely,” it concluded.

Dembele, 20, was also fined and suspended after he missed a training session on Thursday. It was also understood that he had returned to his native France in the evening on the same day to visit friends and family, while waiting news as the clubs continue to negotiate the fee.

“Ousmane Dembele missed training without notifying the club and has clearly taken this action consciously. We will obviously sanction him for this,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “We have also suspended the player until after the cup game at the weekend.”

Naby Keita staying put at RB Leipzig, Liverpool told

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RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl had warded off interest from Liverpool for Naby Keita by saying that the Guinea national is “”100 per cent” staying with the Bundesliga runners-up.

Keita, 22, had been impressive in Leipzig’s debuting season in the German top-flight, scoring eight goals in 31 appearances last season to help Leipzig also qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

His performance has attracted a suitor in Liverpool F.C., albeit their two bids for the player had since been rejected by the Bundesliga newcomers, with Hasenhuttl emphasizing the importance for the players to stay especially after making it into the Champions League together.

“The chance is null,” he said. “It’s 100% clear that Naby will play this year in Leipzig.”

“At the beginning of the transfer period we said we would start with the same team and of the players we had last year no one will go. That would be our answer now also. For us everyone can see how important Naby Keita is for our game. It’s 100% sure that he will be with RB Leipzig in the Champions League.”

“I said for all the players it is very important to stay together as it’s the first time we play Champions League and that is a new situation for every one of us. We have very young players and I think for them it is very important to play the first year in the Champions League as a team. We will learn this very much again this year.

“Keita is more focused on us and has more fun now than last year. He knows this season will be fantastic for us. To play Champions League for Naby Keita is a great thing.”

Hassenhuttl added that it was also “normal” for Keita to have suitors, but also told Liverpool that there could be more competitors even if the Reds choose to maintain their interest in Keita beyond next season.

“Until next summer we keep it closed and then we have a look,” he added.

Bayern CEO joins Carlo Ancelotti in warding off bids for Arturo Vidal

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has echoed manager Carlo Ancelotti in ruling out the possibility of Arturo Vidal leaving the club amidst reports of Inter Milan preparing an offer for Chilean international.

Vidal, 30, has been linked with a €50 million move to the Nerazzurri as they look to improve their squad and mount a challenge for the Serie A title.

However, Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti had since told them to give up on trying to land the Chilean, and Rummenigge also followed his footsteps by insisting they would turn down all bids for the star man.

“I can 100 per cent rule out Arturo’s departure, for us he is a fundamental player,” he said in a press conference. “I have not heard from anyone at Inter so far, I just read what has been written, (but) the decision to continue with Vidal was taken long ago.

“Ancelotti talked with him: the door is 100 per cent closed. This is regardless of the offer: when Bayern decide not to sell a player, the fee does not matter.”

Another Bayern player who is linked with a move to Italy is 19-year-old Renato Sanches. AC Milan have shown an interest in the young Portuguese international showing an interest in switching sides if it meant more regular playing time.

However, Milan CEO Marco Fassone had since said that negotiations have broken down because of the asking price; and although the Bundesliga giants are open to letting him go out on loan, they also maintained that could play a part for Ancelotti’s team in 2017-18.

“We are considering his (Sanches) situation,” Rummenigge said. “He wants to play consistently but at Bayern Munich that is not easy. We will discuss it with Carlo, there is still time, no hurry.”