Neuer’s stalled contract talks at Bayern Munich baffle Matthaeus

first_imgLothar Matthaeus says he is puzzled by reports of stalled contract extension talks between Germany captain Manuel Neuer and Bayern Munich. Manuel Neuer “It seems out of place for me that Manuel Neuer is not appreciated at FC Bayern,” former Germany and Bayern captain Matthaeus told Sky Sport News. The 59-year-old former midfielder advised his old club to “sit down at the same table” for clear-the-air talks with the disgruntled Neuer. “It’s a matter of 10 minutes. I don’t understand it,” said Matthaeus. Neuer’s current deal expires in 2021 and if the talks fail, the Germany captain could attract strong interest from Premier League clubs. Neuer, 34, gave an explosive interview to Bild at the weekend admitting he was “irritated” about the leaked details of the extension talks. “Details about the current talks are constantly appearing in the media,” fumed Neuer. “That irritates me. It’s not something I am used to at Bayern.” Promoted Content10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?World’s Most Delicious Foods11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Since joining from Schalke in 2011, Neuer has made 373 appearances and kept 191 clean sheets for the Bavarian giants. However talks have between his agent Thomas Kroth and Bayern have reportedly stalled over a demand for an annual salary of 20 million euros ($22 million). Neuer was not present when Kroth is said to have met Bayern’s sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and board member Oliver Kahn. With Bundesliga matches suspended due to the coronavirus, Bayern recently extended the contracts of forward Thomas Mueller and head coach Hansi Flick, both until 2023. Lothar Matthaeus captained West Germany to the 1990 World Cup title Read Also: Bundesliga: Possible May 9 resumption behind closed doors Undisputed number one for nearly a decade, Neuer faces stiff competition next season when young Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel joins Bayern. Nuebel, 23, has reportedly been promised at least 10 appearances per season, but Neuer has said he will not give up the number one jersey easily. “As long as I am performing, I will play. That is my assumption,” he told Bild FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

O’Neill picks five fresh faces

first_imgNorthern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has named an experimental squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Chile, with five uncapped players being included. While still not in possession of a full cap, former Sunderland stopper Carson – who was recently released by Bury after spending the season on loan with Portsmouth – has been in the senior squad before and has represented Northern Ireland B. McLaughlin, a 19-year-old right-back, has also previously been an unused squad member and returns to the fold having made a first-team breakthrough at club level in 2013/14, turning out nine times for Barnsley on loan. He has been in the youth ranks at Liverpool, for whom he is still waiting to make his senior debut. Donnelly, 18, and part of the youth set-up at Fulham that has been gaining considerable attention of late, has not made a first-team appearance in English football, while 20-year-old ex-Manchester United academy member McCullough has been playing for Doncaster over the past season. Dundee United’s Paton was called into the last squad – for the 0-0 friendly draw in Cyprus in March – as a replacement for Sammy Clingan. There are several more experienced campaigners who are back involved having missed the Cyprus game in QPR’s Aaron Hughes, fellow defender Chris Baird – now at Burnley – and Blackburn midfielder Corry Evans. Another midfielder, New York Red Bulls’ Jonny Steele, has also been recalled, and Kilmarnock’s Clingan is included again. But O’Neill is without West Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt, Palermo’s Kyle Lafferty and Hull’s Alex Bruce, who came off with an injury in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal. Northern Ireland squad to play Uruguay and Chile: R Carroll (Olympiacos), M McGovern (Falkirk), T Carson (Portsmouth), D Lafferty (Burnley), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), A Hughes (QPR), L McCullough (Doncaster), L Donnelly (Fulham), C Baird (Burnley), S Davis (Southampton), O Norwood (Huddersfield), S Ferguson (Newcastle), C Evans (Blackburn), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), J Steele (New York Red Bulls), P Paton (Dundee United), N McGinn (Aberdeen), B McKay (Inverness), M Paterson (Huddersfield), J Ward (Derby), D Shiels (Rangers), J Magennis (Aberdeen). Goalkeeper Trevor Carson, defensive trio Ryan McLaughlin, Luke McCullough and Liam Donnelly and midfielder Paul Paton are those yet to make a senior international appearance featuring in a 22-man party for the trip to South America. O’Neill’s men face Uruguay in Montevideo on May 30 before taking on Chile in Valparaiso on June 4. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more