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´If you don´t take me, I´ll go to Bayern!´ – Rose jokes about Leipzig move for Sommer

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 19 Jan 2023

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Marco Rose joked Yann Sommer would have snubbed a move to Bayern Munich in order to reunite with him at RB Leipzig if he had only asked.

The goalkeeper made the switch to the Bundesliga champions from Borussia Monchengladbach on Thursday after almost a decade at Borussia-Park.

He arrives to replace the injured Manuel Neuer and could slot straight into the starting line-up for Bayern’s league match with Leipzig on Friday.

Rose, who coached Gladbach for a two-year period between 2019 and 2021, quipped that Sommer could have made the move to another destination if he had intervened.

“He called me and said ‘if you don’t take me, I’ll go to Bayern’,” he said. “I hold Yann in very high regard, as a person but also as a player.

“I think he’s had an outstanding phase [of form]. I think he’s a good signing for Bayern Munich. [But] I think that Sven Ulreich is an excellent goalkeeper who has also done well.

“There will be a good goalkeeper in goal [whoever it is]. Yann, I wish all the best of course.”

Sommer made 272 Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach following his arrival in 2014, and enjoyed a 71.1 save percentage among goalkeepers with more than 10 league games.

He has the second-best figures in the division this term, with 77.1 per cent, behind only the 79.1 figure posted by Union Berlin’s Frederik Ronnow.

Sommer is the second new face to arrive at Bayern this transfer window, following Daley Blind from Ajax.

Gladbach moved quickly by announcing fellow Switzerland international Jonas Omlin as Sommer’s successor on Thursday.

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