Monday, April 23, 2018

Gomez committed to Bayern; Hiddink plays down Torres rumours

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has revealed he is still fully committed to the club despite being out-of-favour with Jupp Heynckes in recent weeks.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has revealed he is still fully committed to the club despite being out-of-favour with Jupp Heynckes in recent weeks, Sky Sports understands.

Gomez, 27, has played second fiddle to new arrival Mario Mandzukic, who has been on sensational form since arriving at Bayern via VfL Wolfsburg last summer, since returning from a serious injury.

The Germany international — whose current contract expires in June 2016 — has been left on the bench for big games of late.

Gomez has started just six competitive matches for the Bavarian giants this season, with 13 of his 19 appearances coming as a substitute.

All things considered, the 27-year-old still believes he has a future at the Allianz Arena amid reports linking him with a summer move to Borussia Dortmund.

“Of course I am always disappointed when not used from the start, especially for big matches against the likes of Dortmund and Arsenal,” Gomez told Sport-BILD.

“But I would not have signed a new deal if I was not convinced it was the right decision. I am looking forward to the future and getting back into the first team.”

Regarding speculation suggesting he could replace exit-bound Robert Lewandowski at Signal Iduna Park, Gomez added: “Those rumours are very boring to me.”

The 27-year-old has bagged eight goals and three assists in 19 appearances in all competitions this term.

Hiddink plays down Torres rumours

Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink has played down speculation that Russian Premier League moneybags could launch a bid for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, according to ESPN Soccernet.

Torres, 28, has endured a two-year nightmare since his infamous £50 million move to West London from Merseyside in January 2011.

To make matters worse for both Chelsea and Torres, the arrival of the Spain international’s former Liverpool shot-caller Rafa Benitez has done little to impact his form on the pitch, fueling speculation that the 28-year-old could be sold when the transfer window reopens in July.

“It’s interesting. With Anzhi it means that it’s always: ‘Oh the club has a lot of money, oh the club has a lot of prestige,'” said Hiddink.

“Everyone is linked who wants to make a move, or an agent who wants to make a move – it’s a game.

“Players or agents sometimes have interests to be linked to other clubs or to get a better contract of their own. I can assure you there is no single approach to any player at this moment.”

Romelu Lukaku, who is currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion, is the Blues’ insurance policy at striker should they decide to sell Torres in the summer.

Lukaku, 19, has been absolutely brilliant for Albion this season, netting 13 goals — six more than Torres — in 26 Premier League matches.


Shawn Etemadi



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