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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.”

Renato Sanches believes he must leave Bayern Munich

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Portuguese international midfielder Renato Sanches believes that it is of certainty that he should leave Bayern Munich within this transfer window.

Sanches, 19, admitted that he needs to part ways with the German Champions after finding limited opportunities under Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The Portuguese international, who starred as his country won Euro 2016 last summer, made a rare start in Bayern’s 3-2 win over Chelsea in the friendly International Champions Cup tournament in Singapore.

However, Sanches has since been told that he is now free to join another club next season having been featured sparingly by Ancelotti in the previous campaign. He only made 17 Bundesliga appearances for the German champions last season and has acknowledged he now needs to look elsewhere.

This could also have been a factor that affected his international career as Portuguese international coach Fernando Santos opted to exclude Sanches from Portugal’s squad for the Confederations Cup last month and instead played him at the European Under-21 Championship.

“I’m not satisfied. Of course I would like to play more. This is why I want to join a club where I could get more playing time,” he said.

Amongst known suitors for the player is AC Milan, with the Italian side’s manager, Vincenzo Montella, admitting last week that he would like to sign him — a prospect welcomed by the midfielder.

“Milan is an interesting option,” he said. “If the opportunity arises and the clubs can agree, I would like to see them.”

“I am now on tour with Bayern but after that we will get together in Munich and hopefully find a solution. I’m young, I want and I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich.”

Antonio Conte signs improved two-year deal with Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has signed an improved two-year deal with the club after winning the Premier League title in his first year with the club.

Chelsea confirmed the deal as the manager left for Beijing along with his squad ahead of a three-match pre-season tour of China and Singapore, on with Conte also describing the team’s achievements last year as “something amazing” in the club’s statement.

Aside from their Premier League title victory, the Italian had also inspired the Blues to put in their best club performance, winning 30 games and a club record of 13 consecutive victories. He also led his team into the final of the FA Cup, albeit losing the title to Arsenal.

Conte came to Chelsea under three-year contract London in the summer of 2016. Although the new deal does not extend Conte’s commitment to the club, it eases any immediate concerns over his future especially after speculations of a move to AC Milan.

“I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea,” said Conte. “We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.”

However, the decision to sign a new contract without extending the terms contradicts previous comments by Conte, who had indicated his willingness to commit to a longer deal.

Back in May, he said he wanted to stay with Chelsea “for many years”, adding: “If the club give me the possibility to stay and extend my contract, for sure I’m available to.”

Furthermore, the Italian manager would also most certainly have questions for the board regarding their lack of transfer activity, and their loss of a major target in Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United instead.

Dortmund tell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he is not leaving this summer

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Borussia Dortmund have reportedly informed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.

Aubameyang, who scored 31 league goals in 32 games last season and won the Bundesliga golden boot had been expected to move to either China, the Premier League or Milan in Serie A but he has been told that he will continue his career in Dortmund.

Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga table last season had allegedly gave him a deadline for him to complete a move beforehand, and that with the deadline now passed club officials will move to restrict any possibility of a deal to sign their player.

The Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said on Sunday that they had given the 28-year-old, who joined Dortmund in 2013, “a few days” to make his mind up and the German magazine Kicker reported on Tuesday that the deadline has now passed.

“The timing was decisive in the end,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc added. “We have decided that “Auba” will stay with Borussia Dortmund. The transfer window is closed as far as he is concerned.”

Chelsea were mooted as possible suitors despite the fact that they need to find a replacement for the departing Diego Costa. The Blues never submitted a formal bid to Dortmund and their priority is still understood to be Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Aubameyang, incidentally, faced Milan, one of the clubs interested in signing him, in a pre-season tour of China and scored twice in a 3-1 win.

The new Borussia Dortmund coach, Peter Bosz, said after the game: “I am glad that he is in my team. Aubameyang was fantastic today. He played just the way we want him to play.”